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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

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    Preventing Islamic radicalisation in Mozambique: through faith or employment?

    There are vast economics and political science literature on conflict and civil wars. Mostly, the literature focuses on the determinants of the outbreak and duration of conflicts and distinguishes between economic opportunity and grievance motivations. The generalised consensus is that economic variables are highly correlated, and even affect the outbreak of conflict....

    20 Sep 2019 | Pedro Vicente

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    Understanding productivity dispersion: Evidence from a new survey of manufacturing firms in Uganda

    Differences in income per capita across countries are mostly accounted for by differences in aggregate total factor productivity (Hall and Jones, 1999; Caselli, 2005). These differences are also present at the firm level, as firms in less developed countries have, on average, much lower labour productivity. However, there is substantial productivity dispersion within...

    20 Sep 2019 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Raffaela Muoio , Robert Mpiira

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    The long-term impact of vocational training and job search assistance for unemployed youth: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Uganda

    Youth unemployment and underemployment are key policy challenges in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where 60% of the population is below the age of 25 and where it is expected to generate one million new unemployed in 2018 alone. This project seeks to provide new evidence on the effectiveness of active labour market policies in improving youth...

    20 Sep 2019 | Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman, Anna Vitali

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    Identifying pathways to economic development through India’s South-South knowledge transfers & exchange: evidence from cotton apparel in Tanzania

    India’s intensified trade relations with Africa features as a key component of its model of South-South cooperation based on mutual partnerships. India’s trade with and investment in the African continent has grown in a major way, building on deep historical ties, especially with East Africa. Tanzania has emerged as a key partner, with promising potential in cotton...

    20 Sep 2019 | Ben Shepherd , André Castro, Amrita Saha, Daniele Guariso

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    Firm credit and financial development: Evidence from the management practices across the universe of Ethiopian bank branches

    The availability of firm credit is key for the entry, growth and internationalisation of firms. This project explores a new dimension behind firm credit, given by the capacity of banks to reach the best entrepreneurs across different geographic locations. Our approach focuses on bank branches as the units that engage with the local economy, given the importance of...

    18 Sep 2019 | Francesco Strobbe, Nicola Limodio

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    Investor performance and tax incentives

    The focus to attract additional private-sector investment, both domestic and foreign, has long been a key priority for the Government of Rwanda, and a critical policy focus for economic development. This has commonly taken the shape of targeted support for priority sectors, such as manufacturing, agro-processing and ICT, and has occurred, in part, through prioritised...

    16 Aug 2019 | Erik Von Uexkull, Victor Steenbergen