Showing all Projects in Zambia

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    Social capital and large scale land investments: An experimental investigation in Central Zambia

    The project was motivated by the unprecedented rise in large-scale agricultural investments (LSAIs) in rural Zambia, and addresses the debate of whether they should be regarded as a development opportunity, or a threat for development. The study collected information on the social capital of smallholder farmers living close to the LSAIs. Results show that social...

    5 Oct 2015 | Menusch Khadjavi, Kacana Sipangule, Rainer Thiele

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    Understanding growth-income inequality interactions in Zambia, 1996-2010

    Zambia has experienced sustained economic growth in its recent history, but has had mixed experience with reducing poverty and inequality. This project sought to understand the precise relationship between growth, inequality, and poverty in the country, Growth has been the main contributor to a decline in headcount poverty rates in Zambia, but inequality has...

    5 Oct 2015 | Haroon Bhorat, Morné Oosthuizen

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    Management quality, productivity and profitability in manufacturing firms in Zambia

    This project's goal is to investigate how quality management practices affect productivity and profitability in the Zambian manufacturing industry. Many Zambian manufacturing companies have found themselves competing with the high-quality output of countries such as South Africa and China, which has led them to implement quality management initiatives. The project explores...

    5 Oct 2015 | Koyi Grayson, Mushiba Nyamazana, Patricia Funjika

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    Credit constraints, trade credit, and firm growth across interlinked markets in Zambia

    The project focuses on the relationship among trade credit, value chain relationships and firm growth in the fish farming industry in Zambia. Partnering with a large wholesaler, the researchers plan to study how credit provision propagates along the value chain and how it affects firm dynamics. The study will be based on extensive wholesaler administrative data, on survey...

    4 Sep 2015 | Lorenzo Casaburi, Jonas Hjort

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    Water connections in urban Zambia: Measuring the private and social benefits of water

    The rapid growth of cities on the African continent brings tremendous economic potential, facilitating the spread of innovation, industry and education. However, this promise is blighted by significant negative externalities associated with big city density, including congestion and contagious disease. There is a view among urban economists that one of the most...

    14 Aug 2015 | Edward Glaeser, Nava Ashraf, Bryce Steinberg, Abraham Holland

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    Household characteristics and the elasticity of demand for water

    Survey data indicates that households have low levels of awareness of their marginal water price which undermines the incentives intended in the water tariff structure. Researchers provide selected households with accurate information on the marginal water price they face to measure whether this would elicit a behavioural response and how this response would...

    21 Jul 2015 | Kelsey Jack, Seema Jayachandran

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    Exports, imported intermediate inputs and exchange rate volatility in Zambia

    Zambia's economy and exports remain undiversified, and its economy vulnerable to commodity price swings. Increasing exports is one path to divesification of the economy. This study examined how imports of intermediate inputs and exchange rate volatility influence Zambian exports at a trader (or firm) level Zambian export value is dominated by a small group of...

    14 Jul 2015 | Neil Rankin, Joseph Simumba

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    Growth promotion through industrial strategies

    Zambia’s manufacturing sector has performed relatively well during the past decade. During the 2000-2013 period, the manufacturing sector grew by 5.5% CAGR. This highlights a mildly positive trend, just below the 7.2% CAGR of total GDP. Employment in the manufacturing sector increased fourfold from 55,600 people in 2005 to 216,700 people in 2012. Approximately one...

    12 Jun 2015 | Simon Roberts, Judith Fessehaie, Reena das Nair

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    Scoping study on Urbanisation in Zambia

    Urbanisation in Zambia has the potential to help the country to grow from poverty into prosperity Researchers met with about 50 different stakeholders to understand the country’s urbanisation challenges With the support of the Zambian government, two urbanisation projects were commissioned from this visit Developing countries are rapidly urbanising...

    17 Apr 2015 | Edward Glaeser, Nava Ashraf

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    Contract and market design for land-based carbon offsets

    Agricultural activities often create environmental externalities that are felt by individuals other than the landholder. A theoretically efficient approach to addressing these externalities involves changing prices to align private and public interests. Governments and international organizations have spent billions of dollars in recent years on incentives for land use...

    10 Oct 2014 | Kelsey Jack, Olueyede Ajayi, Samuel Bell, Raymond Guiteras, Paulina Oliva