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  • Blog post

    The long road towards supply chain trade in Africa

    Low-cost inputs trade, simple rules-of-origin, and digital connectivity are key to regional trade integration and global value chain participation. The recent Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in force since May 2019, is an important opportunity to develop and deepen supply chain trade across Africa. Evidence shows that integration into production networks -...

    27 Apr 2020 | Jaime de Melo, Anna Twum

  • 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

  • Publication - Project Report

    Artisanal jade mining in Myanmar: Livelihood challenges and opportunities

    13 Apr 2020 | Min Zar Ni Lin, Francesco Loiacono, Nan Sandi, Win Min, Marjanneke Vijge, Samu Ngwenya

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Estimating the fiscal impact of tariff reform in Uganda using TRIST

    7 Apr 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Blog post

    Location, location, and information: Firm clustering in Kampala

    A distinctive feature of business in Kampala is the clustering of similar products in particular areas of the city. Need a boda boda helmet to get to work? On Kyagwe Road in Old Kampala you’ll find any and all vehicle parts and accessories. Art supplies? Head straight to the shops on Nasser Road in Nakasero. For furniture, there are at least ten different suppliers along...

    1 Apr 2020 | Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Project Report

    Technology demand and the role of South-South trade in Tanzania’s textiles and apparel: Examining linkages with India

    25 Mar 2020 | Amrita Saha, Daniele Guariso, André Castro, Ben Shepherd

  • Blog post

    Social norms and firm productivity in Bangladeshi garment factories

    Low firm productivity in developing countries presents a key barrier to economic development. Existing economic literature largely focuses on the effects of managers’ and workers’ behaviours on firm productivity (e.g., misallocation of female labour inside the firm). In contrast, we ask why certain behaviours that negatively impact firm productivity arise. We focus on...

    28 Feb 2020 | Laura Boudreau, Noam Yuchtman, Oren Reshef, Sakib Ifetkh Mahmood

  • Publication - Policy note

    Beyond manufacturing: Reconsidering structural change in Uganda

    Uganda, along with other African countries, needs targeted policies to shift employment into more productive activities. “Industries without smokestacks” – tradeable services and agro-industrial activities that have more in common with manufacturing industries than more traditional services and agriculture – offer a new path for structural change in African...

    26 Feb 2020 | Richard Newfarmer, John Page, Priya Manwaring, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Sub-thematic summary

    Trade: A summary of IGC research

    As rates of globalisation increase in most developing countries, trade openness and foreign market access have become even more important determinants of growth. Trade offers crucial opportunities for increases in productivity and job creation, as well as for igniting sustainable inclusive growth. At the same time, increased integration raises the penalties of inefficient...

    19 Feb 2020 | Siddhartha Basu

  • Blog post

    The effect of financial literacy on the financial policies of firms

    Can education play a role in economic development through improved corporate practices? Several studies conducted with micro and small firms in developing countries point to this direction. But what about large firms? As large firms contribute to a sizeable share of the value created in a country, the potential effect of managers’ education on large firms’ performance...

    17 Feb 2020 | Cláudia Custódio, Daniel Metzger, Diogo Matos Mendes