Showing all Projects in Zambia

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    Do financial incentives in a health setting have a dark side: Experimental evidence from Zambia

    Agency Theory postulates that the use of financial incentives in multitasking or multidimensional settings such as in health settings can potentially result in two opposing effects. First, an effort enhancing effect where agents react to the financial incentive by enhancing their effort and productivity. Second, the theory postulates that in contexts in which the financial...

    4 Nov 2019 | Benjamin Chibuye

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    Negotiating a better future: Tracking girls for post-secondary follow-up

    This study evaluates the long-term effects of a randomised control trial that taught Zambian adolescent girls negotiation skills in 2013. The study focused on adolescent girls both because growing evidence suggests that adolescence is a critical period for the development of non-cognitive interpersonal skills (Choudhury, Blakemore, and Charman, 2006), and because...

    4 Nov 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Natalie Bau, Kathleen McGinn, Corrine Low, Charity Banda

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    Electrification of Schools in Zambia

    In the 7th National Development Plan, the Government of Zambia strives to establish an integrated approach to national development that coordinates development across sectors. For this purpose, it is crucial to understand complementarities in the provision of public services across sectors. The objective of this project is to map the electrification of schools in Zambia...

    1 Nov 2019 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Niclas Moneke

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    Understanding consumption seasonality in Zambia

    Consumption seasonality is prevalent across many poor countries, particularly those with large agricultural sectors. Farmers in these countries typically have abundant food after harvest, but struggle to make it last to the next harvest, resulting in three major implications: Reduction in the number of meals consumed and caloric intake at certain times of the year; ...

    10 Oct 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Supreet Kaur, Nicholas Swanson, Felix Masiye, Ned Augenblick

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    The impact of infrastructure improvement on urban life quality and firm output

    Zambia has embarked on an aggressive agenda of road-building in its bid for growth over the past couple of decades. Since landlocked countries tend to grow more slowly due to reduced openness to trade, infrastructure development is particularly critical for growth. Research shows that after reaching a certain level of infrastructure capacity, the continued construction...

    16 Aug 2019 | Cong Peng, Wen Chen

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    Exploring scalable, efficient innovations to improve tax compliance among MSMEs

    In Zambia, tax compliance rates are very low, especially among the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Concerns have been raised by some MSMEs that the current institutions, modes, and approaches employed in taxing MSMEs are outdated, costly, or otherwise cumbersome. The objective of this research project is to explore the possible barriers to and solutions for...

    25 Sep 2018 | Dan Pemstein, Brigitte Seim, Twivwe Siwale

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    The spatial distribution of health services in Zambia

    While a lack of resources has been identified as a major issue in the health sector in many developing countries, little is known about misallocation of health resources within countries as a hindrance to health care provision. Existing evidence on the distribution of health workers across regions in African countries points towards large spatial imbalances and some have...

    20 Aug 2018 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter

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    Personal income taxation in Zambia

    Context and primary motivation Direct taxes, including turnover and PIT, represent an important share of total tax collection in Zambia. While this testifies to the strong initial enforcement capacity of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), there remain important sources of non-compliance in direct taxes. In particular, an important source of non-compliance is the failure...

    12 Jan 2018 | Anders Jensen

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    Urban informality, tax compliance, and accountability in Zambia

    What drives tax compliance among informal sector workers in Africa? And does taxation strengthen accountability between governments and the informal sector? These questions are hugely important in Africa for a number of reasons. First, the informal sector plays a critical role in contributing to structural transformation, particularly by facilitating production and...

    18 Sep 2017 | Danielle Resnick

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    Economic growth, inequality and poverty: Estimating the growth elasticity of poverty in Zambia

    Zambia's economy has experienced strong growth in recent years, with real GDP growth in the period 2005-13 averaging more than 6% annually. However, despite this impressive economic growth, reducing poverty and economic inequality has proved challenging. This is evident from the fact that 60% of the population currently live below the poverty line and 42% are considered to...

    14 Aug 2017 | Chrispin Mphuka, Oliver Kaonga