Showing all Projects in Zambia

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    Electricity crises in Zambia: Estimating the costs of unreliability at firm level

    As Zambia seeks to diversify its economy via growth in the manufacturing sector, rising demand for electricity from manufacturing firms is likely to impose additional constraints on the efficiency and sustainability of Zambia’s energy infrastructure. As a palliative measure, the Zambian government recently announced her decision to waive import duties on backup...

    19 Oct 2016 | D'Maris Coffman, Jim Meikle, Imad Ahmed, Graham Sianjase, Michelle Baddeley, Musiliu Oseni

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    The impact of teacher pay on the quality, retention and productivity of teachers in Zambia

    The importance of education for growth and poverty reduction cannot be overemphasised. Enhanced educational attainment at the national level has been linked to increases in the productivity of the labour force and to other desirable outcomes. Teachers are naturally a vital part of the learning process and interest has recently shifted to focus on how best to ensure that...

    19 Oct 2016 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer

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    Productivity in the civil service: Understanding the impact of payroll reform on worker performance

    The provision of public services depends critically on the skills and motivation of the agents tasked with providing them. And yet, civil servant underperformance plagues many countries, with cross-national studies reporting average daily absenteeism rates among public health workers and teachers of 19 and 35 percent, respectively. This project covers the initial steps...

    19 Oct 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera, Torsten Figueiredo Walter

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    Assessing sectoral inter-linkages: The case of agro-processing subsectors in Zambia

    Over the last 15 years, the Zambian economy has been growing at an average rate of more than 5 percent per annum, making this the longest sustained growth episode since independence in 1964. Sustained economic growth is expected to induce not only sectoral changes in the economy, but also significant structure shifts, particularly, output and labour composition as well as...

    28 Sep 2016 | Mundia Kabinga, Horman Chitonge

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    Estimation of the VAT gap in Zambia

    The project aimed to estimate the value-added tax (VAT) gap, defined as the difference between the theoretical VAT liability (i.e, the amounts that could be collected given the existing VAT legislation) and what is actually collected in Zambia. This study helped evaluate the efficiency of the Zambian Revenue Authority and proposed improvements in tax legislation and...

    15 Aug 2016 | Michael Alexeev

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    Facility-level access to electricity and the efficiency of maternal and child health service

    Access to energy is critical in the facilitation and promotion of healthcare, particularly maternal and child health services and in low income countries. Health facilities require basic electricity for services such as lighting during child delivery and emergency night-time care, and refrigeration of essential vaccines. Yet, the majority of healthcare facilities in...

    10 Aug 2016 | Mundia Kabinga, Mashekwa Maboshe

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    Recruiting and motivating community health workers: Measuring impact through a nationwide household survey

    This is a follow-up project from Recruiting and motivating health workers in Zambia. We study how career incentives affect who selects into public health jobs and, through selection, their performance while in service. We collaborate with the Government of Zambia to design a field experiment embedded in the national recruitment campaign for a new health worker...

    13 Jul 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera, Scott Lee

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    Growing together: Trust, spontaneous clusters, and the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises in cities

    The rapid growth of cities in the African continent provides a new opportunity for the spread of innovative ideas and creates the conditions for the accumulation of social capital through repeated interactions. Urban density and social proximity can foster cooperation in the provision of public goods and the creation of win-win solutions which relax the economic constraints...

    6 Jul 2016 | Edward Glaeser, Nava Ashraf, Alexia Delfino

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    Infrastructure, incentives and institutions

    Expensive infrastructure is ineffective if it doesn't travel the last mile. In nineteenth-century New York and modern Zambia, disease spread when urbanites chose not to use newly built sanitation infrastructure to save money. Either subsidies or Pigouvian fines can internalise the externalities that occur when people don't use sanitation infrastructure, but with weak...

    23 Jun 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Edward Glaeser, Giacomo Ponzetto

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    Negotiating a better future: The impact of teaching negotiation skills on girls’ health and educational outcomes (Pilot)

    The formation of human capital lies at the core of individual well-being and national economic development; it is intricately tied to overcoming the global health challenges (such as high rates of malnutrition, maternal mortality, and HIV/AIDS prevalence) that constrain economic growth in developing nations.  A large variety of development interventions thus target...

    13 May 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Kathleen McGinn