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    Evaluation of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the East African Community (EAC) from Uganda and Rwanda's perspective in 2017

    Regional trade integration is a pillar of East African Community partner states’ trade policies, including Uganda and Rwanda. The Customs Union, a first milestone in the regional integration process, was adopted in 2005, committing member states (initially Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) to the adoption of a Common External Tariff (CET). Uganda has now had twelve years of...

    19 Jul 2017 | Garth Frazer

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    Functional and expenditure assignments in Myanmar

    Decentralisation of fiscal power and responsibilities to sub-national governments is essential to achieve the emergence of a united federal democratic union as well as to achieve the government’s key policy objective of creating favourable economic conditions for balanced economic development across the States and Regions. Recent decentralisation reforms have empowered...

    14 Jul 2017 | Ildirim Valley, Hein Aung Kyaw

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    Using a decision support model to identify export opportunities for Rwanda

    Expanding exports has become an urgent government priority in Rwanda in order to reduce a growing trade imbalance, ensure non-farm job creation, and improve economic growth. This is also reflected in Rwanda’s strategic plans, with the national export strategy for 2015-18 proposing a 20% annual rate of export growth (MINICOM, 2015). The main objective of this project is to...

    14 Jul 2017 | Wilma Viviers, Martin Cameron

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    Impact of traffic infrastructure on urban land use in Dhaka

    Dhaka is infamous for its severe traffic congestion. Road traffic is almost the only transportation mode available in the city as of 2015, and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is planned to open in 2019. Previous studies have noted that such traffic congestion constraints the economic activity of the city. For example, Muzzini and Aparicio (2013) document that traffic...

    7 Jul 2017 | Yuhei Miyauchi, Abhijit Banerjee

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    Religion and politics in India

    Religious inequality and discrimination targeting religious groups is a particularly important issue in many developing countries such as India. Unequal access to resources may translate into resentment and fuel conflict. Similarly, religious identity and inequality may perpetuate discrimination acting as a harbinger for future violence. Religious identity may also...

    14 Jun 2017 | Sonia Bhalotra, Irma Clots-Figueras, Lakshmi Lyer, Joseph Vecci

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    IGC India Central synthesis papers

    Since its inception in 2009, the IGC has funded more than 200 economic research projects in India on a wide variety of policy relevant topics. The vast knowledge generated through these projects has been synthesised in three recent IGC working papers on health, governance and public service delivery, and financial inclusion which can be downloaded below.

    31 May 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Vikas Dimble, Nidhiya Menon, Nirvikar Singh

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    Local economic development in Yangon: Demand side survey

    As Yangon develops and expands, ensuring a suitable supply of jobs and economic opportunities will be important for inclusive growth. In addition, interventions and policies aimed at addressing the main barriers preventing individuals from acquiring decent work can go a long way in solving Yangon’s urban poverty challenge. To date, however, little is known about the main...

    25 May 2017 | Michael Slingsby

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    Role of ICT technologies in combating malnutrition: Increasing transparency in India’s mid‐day meal programme

    Social welfare programmes in developing countries are infamous for poor administration and leakages from the distribution networks. Large swathes of benefits often do not reach the intended beneficiaries. This project focuses on a state-driven, technology-enabled reform and shows that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be harnessed to improve existing...

    25 May 2017 | Sisir Debnath, Sheetal Sekhri

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    Yes to peace: Preventing election violence in Liberia

    In 2017, Liberia will be conducting its third general election after its civil conflict. Liberia is among a handful of African countries that could experience election violence during elections this year.  In fact, security officials speculate that electoral violence in the forthcoming general elections is perhaps of a greater likelihood than at any time since 2005 given...

    25 May 2017 | Sabrina Karim

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    Tax, lies, and red tape

    Weak institutional environments in poor countries may lead to lower tax compliance by firms. This may be especially true for family firms, whose owners have higher stakes in the firm and longer horizons, increasing their incentives for evasion, as well as access to local networks and information, increasing their opportunities for evasion. This project uses firm-level...

    25 May 2017 | Megha Patnaik