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Evidence-based policymaking is crucial. Use our publications search to browse nearly 200 briefs which highlight the findings and policy implications of our research.
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Working PaperResource misallocation and total factor productivity: Manufacturing firms in South Africa
Misallocation of labour and capital can greatly reduce aggregate productivity. In this study, we use tax administrative data to examine the extent of resource misallocation in the South African context...resource misallocation Productivity
Journal ArticleDrivers of productivity in Vietnamese SMEs: the role of management standards and innovation
Using a rich panel dataset of small and medium scale manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) active in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam, this paper investigates the drivers of firm productivity, focusing on the role played by international management st...Management standards ISO certification Technological innovations
Book ChapterTrade in services: Opening markets to create opportunities
From the book: Industries without SmokestacksServices Productivity Growth
Working PaperNatural resources, structural change, and industrial development: Local content in Zambia—a faltering experience?
This paper traces the role of local content in Zambia’s mining sector in supporting industrialization and economic diversification...Industrialization Local content Economic linkages
Working PaperMarket constraints, misallocation, and productivity in Viet Nam agriculture
We examine important changes in agriculture in Viet Nam in the context of ongoing structural changes in the economy...Agriculture Misallocation Productivity
Working PaperEmployment and development in Asia
How have economic development, employment, and labour markets in Asian countries interacted since the publication of Myrdal’s Asian Drama?...Labor Employment Economic growth
Working PaperThe gender gap in firm productivity in Rwanda: Evidence from establishment and household enterprise data
Rwanda is one of the countries with the best strategies for women empowerment and gender equality in Africa and globally. Nonetheless, some inequalities exist especially in education attainment...Gender Economic policy (Business enterprises) Productivity
Working PaperInnovation activity in South Africa: Measuring the returns to R&D
Improvements in productivity are necessary to effectively increase economic growth in the long term. The literature emphasizes a positive correlation between firm-level innovation and productivity gains...Productivity
Working PaperNew data, new approaches and new evidence: A policy synthesis
The Republic of South Africa faces the imperative of escaping economic stagnation...South Africa Growth Productivity
Working PaperDrivers of productivity in Vietnamese SMEs: The role of management standards and innovation
Using a rich panel dataset of SMEs active in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam, this paper investigates the drivers of firm productivity, focusing on the role played by international management standards certification...Management standards ISO certification Technological innovations
Journal ArticleStructural Transformation, Biased Technological Change and Employment in Vietnam
Employment in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia has grown more slowly than GDP over the last several decades. This means GDP per capita is rising...Economic development Economic growth Labor
Working PaperEffect of non-farm work on agricultural productivity: Empirical evidence from northern Ghana
This paper investigates the factors influencing participation in non-farm work and the effect of participation on farmers’ productivity, using survey data from 300 smallholder farm households in northern Ghana...non-farm work smallholder farmers Productivity
Working PaperTrade in services: Opening markets to create opportunities
This paper reviews the role of services in development and growth, the potential role of trade in services as a driver of the productivity performance of sectors that use services as inputs, and the links between services policies and domestic trade ...Services Productivity Growth
Journal ArticleExporting and Productivity: Learning from Vietnam
Part of Journal Special Issue Learning to CompeteLearning by exporting Self-selection Productivity
Book ChapterMozambique: Jobs and Welfare in an Agrarian Economy
From the book: Jobs For Development: Challenges and Solutions in Different Country Settings...Economic development Productivity