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    Industrialisation and urbanisation

    Ethiopia is a fast-growing low-income country with an expanding manufacturing sector. A key policy objective of the government of Ethiopia is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. The parks are designed to offer high-quality government services and infrastructure (including a reliable energy supply), access to a...

    29 Nov 2019 | Stefano Caria, Stefan Dercon, Girum Abebe, Nicolas Lippolis

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    Measuring management practices in Ethiopian firms: Module for the CSA manufacturing survey of medium and large enterprises

    The project team has already merged survey data from the Central Statistical Authority's (CSA’s) Census of Medium and Large Enterprises with Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority’s firm level trade data. This has resulted in a panel data set. This project aims to disentangle fluctuations in supply of material inputs from other constraints. Also, the larger aim is to...

    29 Nov 2019 | Andualem Mengistu, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Pramila Krishnan

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    Testing the impact of contracts to improve financial access for small firms

    Access to finance for the purchase of productive assets is central to the success of small firms. This project studies three scalable financial instruments designed to address behavioural constraints that may limit small firms’ financial access, investment and technology adoption: asset-collateralised loans (ACLs); layaway contracts; and a hybrid layaway-ACL...

    14 Nov 2019 | Michael Kremer, Kevin Carney, Xinyue Lin, Gautam Rao

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    Hawassa Industrial Park administrative data collection support

    The Government of Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious industrialisation strategy based on the creation of special economic zones as centres of export-oriented light manufacturing. The flagship industrial park of this strategy is located in the city of Hawassa, in Ethiopia's Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) Region. At full capacity, the Hawassa...

    4 Nov 2019 | Morgan Hardy, Christian Meyer, Kevin Croke

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    What is the effect of short-term subsidies on demand for potable water

    In rural Bihar, roughly 86 million households source their drinking and cooking water primarily from shallow well hand pumps that are vulnerable to biological and chemical contamination (Brouns et al. 2013; Mishra et al. 2009; Das et al. 2013). Furthermore, both the knowledge and practice of adequate water purification techniques remain dangerously low (Das et al. 2013). To...

    4 Nov 2019 | Drew Cameron

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    Microfinance for clean cooking with LPG In Kenya: an evaluation of a pilot experiment and implications for future program roll-out

    Lack of access to modern energy for cooking is responsible for a high mortality and impaired quality of life for millions of people in low and middle-income countries, who are exposed to hazardous smoke from cooking with biomass and kerosene. The use of clean cooking fuels in Kenya is less than 12% (DHS report 2014), resulting in an unsustainable demand for biomass...

    1 Nov 2019 | Eric Hsu, Elisa Puzzolo, Meixi Gan, Daniel Pope

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    Trade research and capacity building

    Myanmar is strategically located between India and China, two of the largest economies in the world. To take advantage of this position, the Government of Myanmar needs to implement trade policies and guidelines that are evidence driven, as well as maximises the national employment, domestic products and productivity. The constraints for the Ministry of Commerce to fully...

    1 Nov 2019 | Rocco Macchiavello, David Atkin

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    Reducing language frictions in Myanmar

    Language barriers hinder operational efficiency, for instance, meetings take longer to complete, there are frequent misunderstandings between foreign and domestic managers and communications are poor. The IGC project 'Spillovers from Special Economic Zones: Micro-evidence from the Myanmar' revealed that, on average, Myanmar managers spend 34% of conversation time on...

    11 Oct 2019 | Rocco Macchiavello, Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Louise Guillouet

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    Scoping visit on evidence and voice for minimum wage revisions

    Across the globe, workers and unions have played a key role in raising minimum wages through participation at policy dialogues or strikes. Their expectations about minimum wages and the ways they influence policy dialogue are important for sustainable industry growth. While minimum wage may ensure fair compensation for workers, it may come at the cost of firm closures and...

    10 Oct 2019 | Virginia Minni, Mari Tanaka, Laura Boudreau

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    Understanding consumption seasonality in Zambia

    Consumption seasonality is prevalent across many poor countries, particularly those with large agricultural sectors. Farmers in these countries typically have abundant food after harvest, but struggle to make it last to the next harvest, resulting in three major implications: Reduction in the number of meals consumed and caloric intake at certain times of the year; ...

    10 Oct 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Supreet Kaur, Nicholas Swanson, Felix Masiye, Ned Augenblick