Showing all Projects in Cities

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    Women's mobility, job search, and employment: Follow-up evidence from a randomised control trial

    Unemployment and economically inactive people are one of the biggest challenges facing urban labour markets in low-income countries. In South Asian cities, this pattern is more pronounced across gender lines with women less likely than men to participate in the labour market, even at relatively high levels of education. This project investigates the constraints on women’s...

    18 Feb 2021 | Katherine Vyborny, Erica Field

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    Salience and accessibility of disaster risk information in Mozambique

    Mozambique's coast is vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. Quelimane, a city located by the mouth of the Rio dos Bons Sinais, is particularly exposed. Rapid population growth, due to a continuous influx of rural migrants, has resulted in an increase of informal settlements in flood-prone parts of the city. This introduced further vulnerability with poor...

    1 Feb 2021 | Stefan Leeffers

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    The selection and the making of civil servants: Evidence from China’s College Graduate Civil Services programme

    The quality, incentives, and ideologies of local civil servants greatly affect policy implementation and governance efficacy, especially in the developing world with weak formal institutions. This project aims to understand what shapes the background, preferences, attitudes, and behaviours of civil servants in rural China. Specifically, we focus on the College Graduate...

    29 Jan 2021 | David Yang

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    The economic case for improving air quality in Kigali, Rwanda

    Poor urban air quality is increasingly recognised as a cause of premature mortality. With transport contributing significantly to poor urban air quality in Kigali, it is therefore critical for research to be developed to better understand the options for policymakers. The Rwandan government has recently announced an ambition to electrify mobility in the country by...

    19 Dec 2020 | Egide Kalisa, Andrew Sudmant

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    Safety in numbers? Free public transportation for women and women’s safety

    Delhi exhibits low female mobility rates, at the same time, public transport is a hostile environment for women due to widespread sexual harassment. About 89% of female university students in Delhi reported experiencing sexual harassment while travelling in the city. To improve mobility and indirectly improve safety, the Delhi government announced a policy to make bus...

    12 Nov 2020 | Dev Patel, Girija Borker, Gabriel Kreindler

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    Gauging the impact of land-use regulation in developing countries

    Cities in all countries of the world engage in the regulation of land-use. There is evidence that many cities restrict building heights. In doing so, they constrain office and housing supply, thus raising office and housing costs, and reducing productivity and welfare. While such regulations may have major consequences for urban poverty, there is little data on how they...

    1 Nov 2020 | Remi Jedwab, Jan Brueckner, Jason Barr

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    Land governance and urban development in India

    The structure of urban governance in cities is arguably a central determinant of the modality of urban growth in developing countries. Urban governance determines whether cities will be dense or sprawling, what kinds of firms they will attract, the cost of living, and whether they will produce an adequate supply of housing or leave huge populations living in urban slums....

    1 Nov 2020 | Sam Asher, Paul Novosad

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    Improving the effectiveness of formal housing delivery in Tanzania

    A key policy instrument to improve Africa's stock of urban housing is the provision of surveyed, titled, and serviced de-novo plots in greenfield areas, on which residents build houses. These plots, known as "de novo" are advocated to solve coordination problems in contexts with weak institutions and rapid, haphazard, and unorganized growth (Romer 2012; Angel 2012; Bryan et...

    1 Nov 2020 | Vernon Henderson, Guy Michaels

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    Valuing property and buildings in Kigali and secondary cities

    This project aims to value property and buildings in Kigali and five of Rwanda’s secondary cities. Generated property values will be delivered to Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) so these values can be incorporated into the IT systems of RRA and used for property tax administration purposes. Inspired by a previous IGC-funded project...

    15 Aug 2020 | Patrick McSharry, Paul Brimble, Felix Bachofer, Andreas Braun

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    Public reporting and property tax compliance: A field experiment in Kampala, Uganda (2020)

    Property taxes are a key source of revenues for the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), accounting for over 35% of own source revenues in FY 2018/19. However, there is significant room for improvement in property tax revenue collection; only 30% of properties complied with the tax in FY 2018/19. Ongoing discussions with the KCCA and preliminary administrative data...

    1 Jul 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan