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14/08/2014 Working Paper 206 - Growth and Distributional Impact of Agriculture, Textiles and Mining Sectors in Lesotho
06/08/2014 Working Paper 205 - Volatility and Co-movement in Commodity Prices- New Evidence
06/08/2014 Working Paper 204 - Skills and Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa: Analysis with Evidence from Swaziland
25/06/2014 Working Paper 203 - Immigrants, Skills and Wages in the Gambian Labor Market
29/04/2014 Working Paper 202 - Segmentation and efficiency of the interbank market and their implication for the conduct of monetary policy
29/04/2014 Working Paper 201 - Does Intra-African Trade Reduce Youth Unemployment in Africa ?

African countries have taken several measures to promote regional integration, a major part of which is intra-regional trade. Intra-African trade is one of the important activities to achieve regional integration and...Read more

29/04/2014 Working Paper 200 - Analysis of Household Expenditures and the Impact of Remittances using a Latent Class Model: the Case of Burkina Faso

Categories: Burkina Faso

05/03/2014 Working Paper 198 - Can Intra-Regional Trade Act as a Global Shock Absorber in Africa?

The recent global financial crisis has brought about renewed emphasis on the links of African countries with the global economy, both individually and collectively, via regional economic communities (RECs). On balance, Africa...Read more

Authors:Mthuli Ncube, Zuzana Brixiova, Qingwei Meng

Categories: Regional Integration

05/03/2014 Working Paper 197 - Estimating the Economic Cost of Fragility in Africa
Authors:Mthuli Ncube, Basil Jones, Zorobabel Bicaba
05/03/2014 Working Paper 199 - Microcredit for the Development of the Bottom of the Pyramid Segment: Impact of Access to Financial Services on Microcredit Clients, Institutions and Urban Sustainability

Today, although mainstream debates on sustainability especially in urban areas are full of literature on the importance of creating sustainable cities through the involvement of different stakeholders in urban development,...Read more

Authors:Emmanuel Mutisya, Masaru Yarime
27/02/2014 Working Paper 196 - Uses and Abuses of Per-diems in Africa- A Political Economy of Travel Allowances

At a time when donor funds are becoming scarce for various reasons, including the austerity programs of Western governments, and competition for official development assistance is increasing, improving the efficiency and...Read more

Authors:Guy Blaise Nkamleu, Bernadette Dia Kamgnia
03/01/2014 Working Paper 195 - Inequality, Economic Growth, and Poverty in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

The wave of protests and unrests that swept across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since 2011 has continued in different forms. In addition to demands for more economic and political inclusion, the protests had...Read more

Authors:Mthuli Ncube, John Anyanwu, Kjell Hausken
03/01/2014 Working Paper 194 - The Impact of Community Development Works Programs (CWP) on Households’ Wellbeing in Albania

This paper attempts to evaluate the impact of the Albanian Development Fund’s (ADF’s) CWP programs on access to infrastructures, welfare and social capital. We use the standard of Heckman and Vytlacil (2001) marginal treatment...Read more

Authors:Amadou B. Diallo
03/01/2014 Working Paper 193 - Large Scale Agribusiness Investments and Implications in Africa- Development Finance Institutions' Perspectives

Agriculture is the dominant source of livelihood in Africa, especially in low-income rural areas.  About 70% of the population is directly employed in the sector, and it accounts for approximately 30% of the region’s...Read more

Authors:Issa Faye, Ousman Gajigo, Emelly Mutambatsere
24/12/2013 Working Paper 192 - Empirical Analysis of Agricultural Credit in Africa: Any Role for Institutional Factors

A strong and efficient agricultural sector has the potential to enable a country feed its growing population, generate employment, earn foreign exchange and provide raw materials for industries. It is however ironical that...Read more

Authors:Adeleke Salami, Damilola Felix Arawomo
23/12/2013 Working Paper 190 - Early Warning Systems and Systemic Banking Crises in Low Income Countries: A Multinomial Logit Approach

The global financial crisis has stimulated new interest in models aimed at providing early warning about the risk of a systemic banking crisis based on early warning systems (EWSs). While most of the focus has been on advanced...Read more

Authors:G. Caggiano, P. Calice, L. Leonida
23/12/2013 Working Paper 191 - Do Firms Learn by Exporting or Learn to Export: Evidence from Senegalese Manufacturers’ Plants

This paper investigates the link between exports / trade openness and firms’ performance in the Senegalese manufacture sector, using a rich and unique firm-level panel data spanning the period 1998-2011. The data has been...Read more

Authors:Cisse Fatou, Ji Eun Choi
23/12/2013 Working Paper 189 - An Empirical Investigation of the Taylor Curve in South Africa

Heightened uncertainty and slow growth following the financial crisis have raised expectations about the role of monetary policy in stimulating growth. At the same time, South Africa’s economy has been subject to a number of...Read more

Authors:E. Ndou, N. Gumata, M. Ncube, E. Olson
23/12/2013 Working Paper 188 - Remittances and their Macroeconomic Impact: Evidence from Africa

Over the past decade, remittances to Africa and developing countries through formal channels grew rapidly, due to increased migration and reduced transaction costs. Currently, remittances are the largest international flow of...Read more

Authors:Mthuli Ncube, Zuzana Brixiova
23/12/2013 Working Paper 187 - The Real Exchange Rate and External Competitiveness in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia

A real exchange rate that is broadly aligned with its equilibrium value is an important part of a country’s macroeconomic and external competitiveness framework. Persistently misaligned real exchange rates can cause a...Read more

Authors:Z. Brixiova, B. Égert, T. Hadj Amor Essid

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This series presents research findings on topics relevant to African development policy issues. Submissions for the publication of an Economic Research Working Paper are welcome from all professionals; please see the Information for Contributors for more details.

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