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    Improving supplier development linkages in the ‘Made in Rwanda’ policy: The potential of a Local Content Unit and a Firm Database

    The Government of Rwanda has recently drafted a “Made in Rwanda” (MiR) Policy. This seeks to improve the overall trade balance by improving perceptions of Rwandan products within Rwanda, promote nascent industries, and boost productivity of exporting sectors (MINEACOM, 2017). Improving linkages between domestic suppliers and large exporting firms is a critical...

    13 Sep 2017 | Victor Steenbergen, John Sutton, John Spray

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    Formal evaluation of the Ghana commodities exchange

    The goal of this project is to contribute to the study and improvement of agricultural markets in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, this project aims to examine the impact of the introduction of a commodities exchange in a nation without one. The recent establishment of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX) has generated significant interest at the highest levels of...

    7 Sep 2017 | Yaw Nyarko

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    Financing the in-between sector: Designing and evaluating targeted SME lending in Tanzania

    Employment growth in Tanzania has been driven by small, often informal, manufacturing firms. Many formal and informal micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are similarly productive to larger formal firms and are likely to have significant growth potential. However, access to finance is one of the main obstacles these firms face. The literature on MSMEs in Africa still...

    7 Sep 2017 | Margaret McMillan

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    Rapid response project on Indian firm data

    In March 2015, IGC organised a Workshop on Industry Data, held in Delhi. The workshop provided an opportunity for academics, policy makers and government agencies to discuss difficulties they face with using or collecting datasets on Indian firms, and define the steps for a way forward to improve the quality of the data available in these areas. To prepare for the...

    31 Aug 2017 | Sam Asher, Paul Novosad

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    Rainfall, selection, and agricultural productivity

    Developing countries have a low income per capita and low total factor productivity, relatively more so in the agricultural sector. Even after accounting for differences in labour inputs or incorrect measurement, this “agricultural productivity gap” remains large. In explaining this puzzle, the most recent research highlights the role of sorting and selection of workers...

    31 Jul 2017 | Francesco Amodio, Markus Poschke

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    Understanding low productivity in developing countries: Evidence from the airline industry

    Economists have long been interested in documenting and explaining the gap in productivity between developing and developed countries. Understanding the determinants of low productivity in the developing world is important not just for economists. This knowledge is vital for policymakers in government, our primary stakeholders, in order to guide the design of industrial...

    31 Jul 2017 | David Atkin, Amit Khandelwal

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    Artisanal jade mining in Myanmar

    Myanmar is the largest producer of jade in the world, accounting for 95% of global supply. In 2014, one report estimated annual jade production at $31bn - almost half of Myanmar’s GDP in that year - making it by far the country’s most valuable commodity. Yet little is known about the sector and most of its value evades official records and taxation processes. Despite...

    28 Jul 2017 | Win Min, Min Zar Ni Lin, Marjanneke Vijge

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    Spillovers from special economic zones: Micro-evidence from the Myanmar

    This project proposes a novel approach to the evaluation of special economic zones (SEZs). We propose to use a combination of a detailed survey and administrative data to identify the extent, channels and constraints to spillovers between firms inside the zone and the rest of the economy outside the zone. The project builds on the unique chance to analyse the creation and...

    28 Jul 2017 | Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Rocco Macchiavello

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    Informing a cashless economy strategy for Rwanda

    Using cash as a means of payments costs national economies 1.5% of GDP. Yet, 85% of global consumer payments continue to be made in cash, according to a 2015 MasterCard Foundation Advisors Report. The underlying factors for the dominance of cash-based transactions vary from country to country and originate from both supply-side and demand-side considerations. The objective...

    26 Jul 2017 | Kasim Ggombe

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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