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  • Publication - Working Paper

    How should policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic differ in the developing world?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has already led to dramatic policy responses in most advanced economies, and in particular sustained lockdowns matched with sizeable transfers to much of the workforce. This paper provides a preliminary quantitative analysis of how aggregate policy responses should differ in developing countries. To do so we build an incomplete-markets...

    26 May 2020 | Titan Alon, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Mitchell VanVuren

  • Publication - Policy note

    Easing the burden of Covid-19 in Uganda: Lowering food prices by reducing tariffs

    This note explores a measure to ease economic pressure from COVID-19 in Uganda: the elimination of high import tariffs on four important agricultural products, namely rice, vegetable oil, sugar and wheat/wheat flour. Using a dataset on household income derived from as well as expenditure on agricultural products, the researcher estimates that eliminating tariffs on...

    22 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    This paper examines the impact of the South Sudanese civil war on trade in East Africa. In a first step, we employ a gravity model to examine the impact of civil conflict on the trade of neighbouring countries in a general sense and conduct a counterfactual simulation for the South Sudanese case.

    20 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    A road map for e-mobility transition in Rwanda

    Electric vehicles (EV) are gaining popularity among both governments and the private sector globally as an energy efficient mobility technology and the Government of Rwanda (GoR) embraces the fact that their expansion is now inevitable, as they aim to scale up their nascent e-moto industry. The researchers recommend e-mobility be implemented in the context of a wider...

    13 May 2020 | Jitendra Bajpai, Jonathan Bower

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in sub-Saharan Africa

    This brief quantifies the direct and immediate impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on people’s livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa: Using new data on income streams under lockdowns in developing countries, researchers simulate the effects of containment measures implemented by 32 countries, focusing on school, public transport, and workplace closures. The impact of workplace...

    11 May 2020 | Matthieu Teachout, Celine Zipfel

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Policymaking in uncertain times: Smart containment with active learning

    Policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic are being implemented with very limited information. There is already some evidence, however, that the longer lockdowns last, the more likely the economic and non-COVID-19 health impact of the lockdowns could outweigh the potential health impacts of the virus for some countries. Rethinking the way countries undertake policymaking in...

    6 May 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Optimal construction permit fees for Rwanda

    To successfully manage rapid urban growth and its attendant challenges, and to implement effective development control, municipal authorities need to increase revenue from construction permits and other sources. Rwanda’s ranking in the Dealing with Construction Permits subcomponent of the World Bank’s Doing Business index is rising, but the Government is keen to...

    4 May 2020 | Paida Hlambelo, Jonathan Bower, Umulisa Adia, Fred Mugisha

  • Publication - Policy paper

    IGC COVID-19 guidance note: Containment strategies and support for vulnerable households

    Policymakers across the developing world need to make rapid decisions on their COVID-19 response with little available data or guidance. IGC is working to support these decision-making processes by increasing the supply of data and providing relevant policy guidance. This policy guidance note provides practical and specific policy guidance, based on the limited evidence...

    29 Apr 2020 | Jonathan Leape

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    A social protection response to COVID-19 in developing countries

    This brief was published as part of the IGC’s ongoing response to the economic challenges of COVID-19. At the time of writing, there were over 2.5 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 170,000 deaths. Yet an accurate picture of the impact of the virus in the developing world is missing, particularly in relation to governments’ ability to cope...

    22 Apr 2020 | Shahid Vaziralli

  • Publication - Policy note

    Uganda’s industrialisation strategy: Challenges, opportunities, and lessons of experience

    Uganda currently faces a challenge of how to transform economic activity away from low value-added agricultural production, non-tradeable services and manufacturing activities towards high value globally competitive industry. While in many ways Uganda is facing a different global environment in which to pursue industrial development than earlier East Asian...

    16 Apr 2020 | Danny Leipziger, Priya Manwaring