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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.
Isaac Otoo, Michael Danquah - African Development Review, 2021

We estimate the efficiency of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana, and investigate the impact of fiscal decentralization on the efficiency of local public goods and services delivery by MMDAs. Using data from composite budgets of all 216 MMDAs, we employ both non-...

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.
– Evidence from Ghana
Michael Danquah, Abdul Malik Iddrisu, Ernest Owusu Boakye, Solomon Owusu - Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2021

Using household data from the latest wave of the Ghana Living Standards Survey, this paper utilizes machine learning techniques – IV LASSO – that allows for the treatment of unconfoundedness in the selection of observables and unobservables to examine the structural effect of gender...

Technical Note pdf
Kwabena Adu-Ababio, Jukka Pirttilä, Pia Rattenhuber, Toon Vanheukelom - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

This note, with emphasis on VAT and excise taxes, illustrates how indirect taxes are modelled in the context of GHAMOD, a tax-benefit microsimulation model for Ghana. GHAMOD is similar to the EUROMOD base platform, and its built-in Statistics Presenter Tool supports simple analyses of ex-ante...

Working Paper pdf
Isaac Otoo, Michael Danquah - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

In this paper, we estimate the efficiency of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana, and investigate the impact of fiscal decentralization on the efficiency of local public goods and services delivery by MMDAs. Using data from composite budgets of all 216 MMDAs, we...

Michael Danquah, Sefa Awaworyi Churchill - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Informal activities are widespread in many developing countries. In many sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries informal economic activities account for more than one-third of economic output and more than two-thirds of employment. Workers engaged in informal activities tend to be less productive...

Working Paper pdf
– Examining the role of conventional banks in deepening access to formal credit
Abdul Malik Iddrisu, Michael Danquah - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Using a unique district-level panel dataset, we investigate the effect of banking system penetration on financial inclusion in Ghana. To purge potential endogeneity bias in the underlying relationship, we exploit a change in the policy environment of the Ghanaian banking system to instrument for...

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– Are there gender differences in Ghana?
Priscilla Twumasi Baffour, Festus Ebo Turkson, Ibrahim Mohammed, Wassiuw Abdul Rahaman - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Historically, the issue of intergenerational evolution of income, wealth, and socioeconomic status has been the subject of considerable research in the analysis of inequality. Such intergenerational linkages are anticipated to come from two sources: first, the inheritance of innate abilities and...

Background Note pdf
Daniel Chachu - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

  Introduction The literature on the concept, measurement, causes, and correlates of sub-national institutional governance is not new. From the seminal work of Putnam et al. (1993) to recent attempts by Iddawela et al. (2021), several authors have explored untapped spaces that...

Blog
– What needs to happen next time
Kunal Sen, Michael Danquah, Robert Darko Osei, Simone Schotte - The Conversation Africa, 2021

Coronavirus lockdowns brought the world to a standstill. Rules on hygiene and social distancing have reshaped daily life, schools and businesses had been closed, and gatherings banned. Almost 2.7 billion workers, representing around 81% the world’s workforce, have been affected by partial...

– Results from the GSPS-COVID panel survey
Simone Schotte, Michael Danquah, Robert Darko Osei, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

This survey is a collaborative project conducted by researchers of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon. It presents one of the few...

Working Paper pdf
– Evidence from Ghana
Michael Danquah, Abdul Malik Iddrisu, Ernest Owusu Boakye, Solomon Owusu - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Using household data from the latest wave of the Ghana Living Standards Survey, this paper utilizes machine learning techniques to examine the effect of gender wage differences within households on women’s empowerment and welfare in Ghana. The structural parameters of the post-double...

Working Paper pdf
– Evidence from Ghana
Simone Schotte, Michael Danquah, Robert Darko Osei, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

In this paper, we provide causal evidence of the impact of stringent lockdown policies on labour market outcomes at both the extensive and intensive margins, using Ghana as a case study. We take advantage of a specific policy setting, in which strict stay-at-home orders were issued and...

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.
– Evidence from a quasi-experiment in Ghana
Emmanuel Adu Boahen, Kwadwo Opoku, Simone Schotte - Journal of International Development, 2021

This study provides new evidence on the effect of shortening the duration of pre‐university education on long‐term labour market outcomes in Ghana, exploiting the education reform of 1987 as a natural experiment. Our results indicate that the drastic cut in the duration of pre‐tertiary...

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Elena Gross, Raymond Boadi Frempong - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

We study socioeconomic indicators of female labour force participation in off-farm formal employment in a subsistence agriculture setting in northern Ghana, where a new commercial farm provides a positive demand shock for low-skilled labour. We use a set of quantitative and qualitative data...

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– A comparison across different selection models
Emmanuel Adu Boahen, Kwadwo Opoku - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The wage of an individual is observed only when he/she is employed. However, getting employment requires two decisions. First, an individual has to decide to participate in the labour market, and second, an employer must decide to hire that individual. Since female labour market participation...

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Sefa Awaworyi Churchill, Michael Danquah - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

We present the first study that examines the effects of ethnic diversity on informal work. Using two waves of data from the Ghana Socioeconomic Panel Survey, we find that ethnic diversity is associated with a higher probability of engaging in informal work. Specifically, our instrumental variable...

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