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    Zambian youth unemployment in industries without smokestacks

    Zambia has high rates of unemployment and is overly dependent on mining for growth and foreign exchange. In 2018, the unemployment rate was 12.6 percent and the youth unemployment rate was 17.4 percent. With a growing population, this issue will only become worse without intervention and growth in labour-absorbing sectors of the economy. This study researches...

    23 Jul 2020 | Rayner Tabetando, Anand Rajaram, Dennis Chiwele

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    Scoping visit: the role of Government in the development of Tourism in Uganda

    Tourism is generally considered to be the largest industry in the world.  It is the third-largest export sector and one of the most promising in terms of future growth potential.  As people’s income and education rise, demand for travel will steadily rise, both domestically and internationally. Past performance confirms this positive outlook, notably for international...

    18 Dec 2019 | Philip English, Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

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    Job Flows and labour mobility in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth since the millennium contrasts with its lack of structural transformation and modest employment growth in the formal sector. High youth unemployment rate in urban areas (above 25 % on average) and relatively low real wages among the employed remain important policy challenges. Unfortunately, only a few studies have attempted to...

    18 Dec 2019 | Måns Söderbom, Admasu Shiferaw, Getnet Alemu

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    How do environmental firm relocation policies affect firms, workers, and environmental quality?

    Private sector productivity growth has increased significantly since the early 1990s in India (Bollard et al, 2013). An important proportion of these productivity gains have been attributed to lower regulatory barriers and increased access to trading opportunities. A significant source of regulation in India that has been relatively understudied in terms of its impacts on...

    18 Dec 2019 | Namrata Kala, Michael Gechter

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    Product development in tourism

    The Government of Uganda is eager to expand its promising tourism sector, which has become the country’s number one earner of foreign exchange and a significant source of employment. At the request of the government, the International Growth Centre prepared a paper in 2018 entitled How can tourism become a driver of economic growth in Uganda which was presented at the...

    18 Dec 2019 | Philip English, Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

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    The impact of formal mechanisation access on agricultural productivity and informal rental markets

    Agriculture remains central for the livelihood of a large portion of the population in developing countries, employing nearly 60% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa and 750 million people in South Asia alone (World Bank, 2018). With increasing land fragmentation over time – average land holdings in India declined from 1.2 hectares to 1.08 hectares between 2010 and...

    17 Dec 2019 | Julieta Caunedo, Namrata Kala

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    Opening the black box of information interventions: Evidence from India

    Information and communication interventions often rely on social mobilisation to promote the adoption of environmental health technologies in developing countries. Yet, the mechanisms by which these interventions mobilise households to adopt are often insufficiently or poorly understood. Given the slow and low response to many environmental health technologies (e.g., bed...

    17 Dec 2019 | Subhrendu Pattanayak, Emily Pakhtigian

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    Improving skills in Bihar: How to reduce drop-out rates from training programmes?

    India, like other developing countries, suffers from low productivity of labour (Bloom et al. 2014). Training the labour force is the primary policy to increase skills and labour productivity. However, the literature has shown that designing successful training programmes is difficult (Blattman and Ralston 2016, McKenzie 2017). In many instances, they suffer from low...

    16 Dec 2019 | Roland Rathelot, Wiji Arulampalam, Bhaskar Chakravorty, Clément Imbert

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    Firm growth and information frictions in the market for skills

    This study is motivated by two major challenges confronting low-income countries: Rising unemployment and underemployment, and low productivity and growth in firms. An important reason for this is information frictions in the labour market that affect both firms and work-seekers. On the demand side, firms may have limited information about the skills of workers when they...

    16 Dec 2019 | Erica Field

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    Exchange rate shocks and firm behaviour: Evidence from Ethiopia and Uganda

    As developing countries, Uganda and Ethiopia frequently face exchange rate shocks. The effect of exchange rate shocks on the performance of firms is not well understood. In Ethiopia, policymakers devalue the local currency to correct misalignment. The effect of such devaluation is of interest to policymakers. Manufacturing firms in developing countries rely on imported...

    11 Dec 2019 | Pramila Krishnan