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Research BriefSpecial economic zones in Zambia and South Africa: Blueprint, experiences, and outcomes
East Asia’s successful experience in accelerating the process of industrial development with SEZs paved way for the use of SEZs as policy instruments in Africa...Special Economic Zones Agglomeration Industrialization
Working PaperSpecial economic zones in Southern Africa: white elephants or latent drivers of growth and employment?: The case of Zambia and South Africa
The successful use of special economic zones as economic tools for export-led industrial development in East Asia propelled a wave of similar initiatives across Africa...Special Economic Zones Agglomeration Industrialization
Working PaperThe social profitability of rural roads in a small open economy: Do urban agglomeration economies matter?
In the presence of agglomeration economies, the effects of a rural roads programme depend not only on the reduction in transportation costs, but also on the form of labour mobility...Rural roads Profitability Transportation
Research BriefSpatial dynamics of firm productivity in South Africa
The design and implementation of industrial policy should be closely linked to spatial considerations...Agglomeration Firm productivity South Africa
Working PaperAgglomeration and productivity in South Africa: Evidence from firm-level data
Using comprehensive, anonymized tax administrative data for the 2008–14 period, we examine firm-level productivity in South Africa...Agglomeration Firm productivity South Africa
Working PaperMoving up the copper value chain in Southern Africa
Southern African countries—mainly Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—account for around a seventh of global production of copper...Copper Industrialization Agglomeration
Working PaperIndustrial agglomeration in Myanmar
Focusing on labour productivity and working conditions, we investigate the benefits of industrial zones for private manufacturing enterprises in Myanmar. We find that being located in an industrial zone associates with higher labour productivity...Agglomeration Industrial zones Working conditions
Working PaperRural roads and urban agglomeration economies: Benefits for town and country?
Do urban agglomeration economies enhance the social profitability of rural roads? When all goods are traded at parametric world prices, lower transport costs benefit villagers...Agglomeration Benefit programmes Transportation cost
Working PaperIndustrial clusters: The case for Special Economic Zones in Africa
Firms tend to cluster in close geographic proximity to each other to benefit from reduced transport costs, shared inputs, and productivity spillovers due to learning and technology transfers...Agglomeration Special Economic Zones Spatial industrial policy