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– Evidence from a behavioural microsimulation model for Ghana
Robert Osei, Jukka Pirttilä, Pia Rattenhuber - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

A large informal sector is a challenge for developing countries building up social protection systems. Expanding social safety nets reduces poverty, but financing them can increase the tax burden, potentially reducing availability of formal sector jobs. This paper quantifies impacts on income...

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– The recent Ghanaian experience
Mahamudu Bawumia, Håvard Halland - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper analyses the evolution of fiscal and monetary variables in Ghana, from the discovery of oil in 2007 through to 2014. It documents the deterioration of fiscal and monetary discipline over this period, which resulted in a rebound of debt, a deterioration of the external balance, and a...

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– Some practical observations from Ghana
Toni Aubynn - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

At the heart of an effective extractive resource-based economic transformation and development is an effective regulatory framework that guides the promotion of investments into the sector, the procedure for responsible extraction, and the management of the utilization of such resources. Ghana...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Katarina Juselius, Abdulaziz Reshid, Finn Tarp - Journal of Development Studies, 2017

Part of Journal Special Issue Macroeconomic Perspectives on Aid

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Kehinde Ajayi, Nana Akua Anyidoho - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

We examine gender differences in ambitions and expectations of jobseekers concerning self-employment, an increasingly proposed option for youth in economies with limited wage employment. Analysing survey data on 2,036 tertiary graduates in Ghana, we find that males have a stronger preference for...

– A tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ghana
Kwabena Adu-Ababio, Robert Darko Osei, Jukka Pirttilä, Pia Rattenhuber - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Better social protection coverage and greater benefits in developing countries would certainly be welcomed by many. More and better forms of social protection would reduce extreme poverty, build resilience against shocks and even help households to move out of poverty, by making it possible for...

– How inflated expectations of oil revenues led to a deterioration in macroeconomic management
UNU-WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Prior to the discovery of oil, Ghana was one of the stars of the ‘Africa rising’ story, with an established track record of macroeconomic stability and fiscal discipline. When oil was discovered, there were great hopes that Ghana would avoid the ‘resource curse’. Initial...

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– Opportunities and obstacles for civil society
Keith Slack - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Civil society organizations have played various roles in promoting the capture of benefits from and protection against the negative impacts of extractive industries. Payment disclosure is one potentially powerful tool for such organizations to promote greater local benefit capture. Practitioners...

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– Empirical evidence from northern Ghana
Benjamin Tetteh Anang - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

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. The study employs an endogenous switching regression model to address selection...

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– Lessons from Nigeria and Ghana
Joanna Buckley, Neil McCulloch, Nick Travis - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Donor interest in the extractives sector is based upon the premise that it represents an opportunity to improve a country’s development prospects. However, in many cases the presence of extractive resources is associated with poor economic performance. As a result, some donors are trying a...

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Nkechi Owoo, Monica P. Lambon-Quayefio - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

The paper explores the potential of Ghana’s agro-processing industry in contributing to the development and structural transformation of the economy. Although the industry is not well advanced, a number of factors are discussed which make it a viable sector to lead the economy towards...

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– Foreign aid, national ownership, and donor alignment in Mali and Ghana
Stephen Brown - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki

This paper examines the application of the first two principles of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, namely ownership and alignment, to the cases of Mali and Ghana. It argues that Western donors and recipient governments have adopted the Paris Principles mainly in form, rather than...

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Paul Mosley, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

One key element in the reduction of poverty and (in Latin America) inequality has been the achievement of greater fiscal equity; we analyse one key part of this process, which is the earmarking of portions of tax revenue to be spent on progressive public expenditures such as social protection,...

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– The case of Ghana
Wisdom Akpalu, Ametefee K. Normanyo - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

To attract greater levels of foreign direct investment into their gold mining sectors, many mineral-rich countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been willing to overlook serious instances of mining company non-compliance with environmental standards. These lapses in regulatory oversight and...

Book Chapter
– A successful growth story with job creation concerns
Ernest Aryeetey, William Baah-Boateng - Brookings Institution Press, 2016 - Washington DC

From the book: Africa's Lions

Christina Golubski - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

Over the past two decades, Ghana’s economy experienced an average annual growth rate of 5.8 percent, and became a low-middle income country in 2007. Though Ghana’s average annual employment growth between 1993 and 2013 has been higher than sub-Saharan Africa’s—3.7 percent...

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