Showing all content in State

  • News Item

    New grant from The Rockefeller Foundation supports efforts to better address state fragility

    The Rockefeller Foundation has extended its philanthropic support to the International Growth Centre (IGC) with a grant of $250,000 to support the IGC’s new policy initiative, Reducing State Fragilities, which aims to build on the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development by taking its recommendations into practice. A previous $900,000 grant from...

    3 Jun 2020

  • Publication - Working Paper

    How should policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic differ in the developing world?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has already led to dramatic policy responses in most advanced economies, and in particular sustained lockdowns matched with sizeable transfers to much of the workforce. This paper provides a preliminary quantitative analysis of how aggregate policy responses should differ in developing countries. To do so we build an incomplete-markets...

    26 May 2020 | Titan Alon, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Mitchell VanVuren

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    This paper examines the impact of the South Sudanese civil war on trade in East Africa. In a first step, we employ a gravity model to examine the impact of civil conflict on the trade of neighbouring countries in a general sense and conduct a counterfactual simulation for the South Sudanese case.

    20 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC in conversation with Jean Drèze: The impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in India

    Shahid Vaziralli (IGC Head of Research Programme) interviews Jean Drèze about the impact of COVID-19 in India and how social protection policies, such as food transfers, can prevent millions from falling into ultra-poverty.

    15 May 2020

  • Project

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Project

    Lessons from Public-Private Partnerships in Lebanon

    In 2019, the IGC in Lebanon partnered with the High Council of Privatization (HCP) at the Prime Minister’s Office to draw lessons from previous privatisation attempts. Lebanon has traditionally relied on its banking system to attract capital inflows into the local economy. Ongoing political deadlock and regional turmoil have regressed position as a financial hub in the...

    12 May 2020 | Stéphane Straub

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in sub-Saharan Africa

    This brief quantifies the direct and immediate impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on people’s livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa: Using new data on income streams under lockdowns in developing countries, researchers simulate the effects of containment measures implemented by 32 countries, focusing on school, public transport, and workplace closures. The impact of workplace...

    11 May 2020 | Matthieu Teachout, Celine Zipfel

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Policymaking in uncertain times: Smart containment with active learning

    Policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic are being implemented with very limited information. There is already some evidence, however, that the longer lockdowns last, the more likely the economic and non-COVID-19 health impact of the lockdowns could outweigh the potential health impacts of the virus for some countries. Rethinking the way countries undertake policymaking in...

    6 May 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Financial management and school performance: Evidence from Mozambique

    14 Apr 2020 | Sandra Sequeira, Egas Daniel, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Daniela Scur, Guo Xu

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Creating opportunity from crisis: Raising worker productivity during the pandemic

    Rwanda’s coronavirus “lockdown”, which began on Sunday 22nd March 2020, requires that a large number of people suddenly work from home. This has become increasingly common globally: across the EU, around 17% of employees work from outside their employer’s physical premises using ICT tools; however, working from home (WFH) is a much newer phenomenon among...

    27 Mar 2020 | Jonathan Bower