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    Reducing comparison frictions in the Ugandan credit market

    Many first-time borrowers tend to find out about loans exclusively from providers — unaware of the total cost. Financial institutions obscure prices especially for new and naive consumers to maximise profits (Atuhumuza et al. 2020), preventing many consumers from making well-informed borrowing decisions. Therefore, credit markets are characterised by substantial price...

    4 Apr 2022 | Joeri Smits

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    The origins of distorted beliefs: Implications for unemployment and labour market interventions

    Distorted beliefs in job search are a barrier to increased formalisation of the economy. Understanding such biases can help design interventions to make the labour market more efficient, inclusive, and effective. This project will measure job-seekers’ beliefs about their prospects in the labour market.

    1 Mar 2022 | Peter Deffebach

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    Pilots on nano commodity exchanges

    Firms operating in environments with erratic supplies of agricultural commodities face high implicit transaction costs in operations. Ghana opened the first full-service commodity exchange in West Africa in late 2018. We have begun to look into the impact of the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) on farmers, traders, and firms in the agricultural marketing ecosystem. In...

    8 Feb 2022 | Yaw Nyarko

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    Inclusive international trade: Assisting female-led firms in export development

    While many lower- and middle-income countries aim to grow and diversify their exports, enabling small and medium sized firms to export and enter global value chains remains a key challenge. This is particularly true for female-led firms, which only compose 5-10% of all firms in the MENA region and overall less than 20% in other parts of the Global South. So far, there is...

    22 Nov 2021 | Amira Bouziri, Fabian Scheifele, Florian Münch, Teo Firpo

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    Measuring Rwanda's import and export of education and health services

    International trade in services is increasing over the years. In Rwanda, one of the two service categories that are traded (both import and export) are health and education. For health, some Rwandan residents who need special medical treatment travel abroad to seek medical attention from specialists, while patients from some neighbouring countries come for medical treatment...

    16 Nov 2021 | Tharcisse Nzasingizimana, Vital Habinshuti

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    Informal clustering, firm growth, and the impact of the COVID-19 shock

    In Kampala, firms are heavily concentrated in the Central Business District (CBD), where they operate next to one another in high-density, informal clusters (UBOS 2011). Manufacturing firms operating in these clusters are smaller than in terms of number of employees and do not grow over time. Demand shocks that arise from COVID-19 are likely to be more severe in denser...

    16 Nov 2021 | Anna Vitali

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    Recovery from the COVID-19 shock and the informal labour market in urban Uganda

    As COVID-19 cases continue to escalate across developing countries, many governments reimposed harsh lockdown policies, reversing months of gradual economic recovery. In Uganda, public transport and non-essential businesses were suspended for 42 days, echoing a prior shutdown through April-June 2020. These restrictions significantly impacted the informal economy, where...

    5 Oct 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume, Jung Hyuk Lee, Alessandra Peter

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    Investigating FDI linkages in developing countries

    Foreign investment into Uganda has been increasing in recent years. However, the extent to which this investment is yielding significant returns for the local economy is uncertain. To date, there is little known about the differential performance and impact of foreign firms in Uganda, and therefore limited evidence from which to design policies to make the most of Foreign...

    5 Oct 2021 | Isabela Manelici, Priya Manwaring, Jose Vasquez Carvajal

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    Cross-sectoral movements of labour in a low-income country: Evidence from Uganda

    In this project we plan to employ a newly sourced matched employer-employee dataset in Uganda to explore the cross-sectoral and cross-firm movement of labour in a low-income country. Using this data, we aim to shed light on: The extent to which workers are able to progress up the job ladder and match with good and productive employers; The relative importance of...

    5 Oct 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio

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    Vulnerabilities and solutions for Mozambican enterprises in face of the COVID-19 crisis

    This study proposes to the National Directorate of Economic Policies and Development of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) of Mozambique to conduct a phone-based enterprise survey through a partnership with IGC and NOVAFRICA. The survey aims to inform MEF's response to the COVID-19 crisis, improving its capacity to offer adequate solutions to challenges posed by the...

    10 Sep 2021 | Egas Daniel, Simão Paiva, Brais Álvarez Pereira, Yonesse Paris, Vitor Cavalcante