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Katrin Gasior, Iva V. Tasseva, Gemma Wright - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

We study the effectiveness of social protection benefits in reducing income and consumption poverty in five sub-Saharan African countries—Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia—in normal times and times of widespread economic crisis. Using tax–benefit microsimulation...

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James McKeown - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This study posits that pandemics should be regarded as complex, open-ended phenomena that cannot be reduced to biology and epidemiology. The research assesses Ghana’s effectiveness in governing the COVID-19 pandemic contrary to apocalyptic predictions. This paper critiques Ghana’s...

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.
Sefa Awaworyi Churchill, Michael Danquah - Journal of Development Studies, 2022

Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informality

Charles Ackah, Monica P. Lambon-Quayefio - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

What are the linkages between national savings and sustainable economic growth? Why are there differences in the amounts of savings between different countries? In March, we introduced our research on Ghana at the UNU-WIDER Domestic savings project workshop. A compilation of the different working...

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Kwabena Adu-Ababio - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper calculates automatic stabilization in Ghana, South Africa, and Ecuador to explain income cushioning amid income and demand shocks. Fiscal policies within these countries are also stress tested to gauge welfare contingencies and insurance. A discretionary action approach is adopted...

Report pdf
Kwabena Adu-Ababio, Robert Darko Osei, Jukka Pirttilä, Pia Rattenhuber - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This report documents GHAMOD, the SOUTHMOD model developed for Ghana. The report describes the different tax-benefit policies in place, how the microsimulation model picks up these different provisions, and the database on which the model runs. It concludes with a validation of GHAMOD...

Book Chapter This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– An impediment to structural transformation and inclusive growth in Ghana
Robert Darko Osei, Richmond Atta-Ankomah, Monica P. Lambon-Quayefio - Oxford University Press, 2022

From the book: The developer’s dilemma

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Kofi Takyi Asante - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

On the whole, poor countries in Africa and elsewhere seem to have weathered the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19) pandemic better than wealthier countries with superior healthcare systems. Using the Ghanaian case, this paper draws on newspaper articles, policy statements, and other...

Ruby Richardson, Kunal Sen, Michael Danquah - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Erica stands under a rudimentary market stall in Accra, Ghana, selling fruits — she has done this every day for 10 years now. Like many women in the Global South, Erica was only able to attend school for a few years before having to leave to work and support her family. Initially she was...

Technical Note pdf
Mari Kangasniemi, Jukka Pirttilä - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Agricultural subsidies may have significant productive and distributional consequences, and policy-makers need to be able to assess these impacts as a part of the overall tax and benefit policy. Microsimulation models offer a tool for such analysis also in developing countries, but their coverage...

Matti Remes - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Millions of Africans lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but state social security systems were of little help to people who lost their income. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research,...

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– A micro-level analysis
Michael Danquah, Abdul Malik Iddrisu, Peter Quartey, Williams Ohemeng, Alfred Barimah - Poverty & Public Policy, 2021

The financial sector in rural areas, where most of the poor people in sub-Saharan Africa are found, has transformed massively in recent times, notably through the increased penetration of several types of rural financial intermediaries in addition to rural and community banks and microfinance...

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.
– Dead end or stepping-stone?
Michael Danquah, Simone Schotte, Kunal Sen - IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 2021

Despite rapid economic growth in recent decades, informality remains a persistent phenomenon in the labor markets of many low- and middle-income countries. A key issue in this regard concerns the extent to which informality itself is a persistent state. Using panel data from Ghana, South...

Kwabena Adu-Ababio, Robert Darko Osei, Jukka Pirttilä, Pia Rattenhuber - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The first cases of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa were reported in March 2020, and the impact of the pandemic has since rippled through the world and Africa. In response to the crisis and similarly to many of its peers, Ghana has enacted a variety of containment measures to confront the pandemic...

Pia Rattenhuber, Rodrigo Oliveira, Jesse Lastunen - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

In summer 2020 the SOUTHMOD team set out, with partners, to analyse the impact of government policies on protecting households from getting poorer and avoiding societies from becoming more unequal. Now we are releasing a cross-country comparative study that analyses the distributional effects of...

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