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Women’s struggle for land in South Asia: Can legal reforms trump social norms? Join the online lecture on 9 December. Read more
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Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
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Working PaperIndustrialization in developing countries: is it related to poverty reduction?
This paper proposes an empirical framework that relates poverty reduction to production growth...Poverty Production Growth
Journal ArticleDigital Technologies and Product Upgrading in Global Value Chains: Empirical Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms
This article provides empirical evidence on the impact of digitalisation on product upgrading in global value chains (GVCs)...Technology Global value chains Manufacturing
BlogIndia’s manufacturing and services value-chains are shifting South: A curse or a blessing?
Much has been written on India as an outlier in Global Value Chains (GVC)...Structural transformation Manufacturing Global value chains
ReportBusiness Practice Intervention Survey: Descriptive Report
Myanmar’s manufacturing sector is at the heart of the country’s commercial landscape...Business Firm survey Manufacturing firms
Working PaperCash grants to manufacturers after Cyclone Idai: RCT evidence from Mozambique
In March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique and caused widespread damage, including businesses in the enterprise sector...Firms Manufacturing Natural disasters
Book ChapterFrom manufacturing-led export growth to a twenty-first century inclusive growth strategy: Explaining the demise of a successful growth model and what to do about it
From the book: Inequality in the Developing WorldStockholm Statement Industrial policy Dynamic comparative advantage
NewsPress Release: New data reveals developing economies are bucking trend of de-industrialization Economic Transformation Database Deindustrialization Economic transformation
BlogSub-Saharan Africa had a manufacturing renaissance in 2010s – it’s a promising sign for the years ahead
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, with world output contracting at 3.5% in 2020, and no recovery likely before the fourth quarter of 2021...Structural transformation Manufacturing Employment and Industry
Working PaperLabour turnover and workers' well-being in the Ethiopian manufacturing industry
Manufacturing industry expansion is a central part of Ethiopia’s growth and transformation agenda due to its potential for accelerated economic development and large-scale job creation, in particular for women...female labour supply Occupational turnover Labour dynamics
Working PaperConstraints on the performance and competitiveness of Tanzania’s manufacturing exports
This study sought to examine the main constraints to manufacturing export competitiveness in Tanzania...Competitiveness Manufacturing Exports
Working PaperA manufacturing renaissance? Industrialization trends in the developing world
This paper examines industrialization trends in developing countries...Industrialization Economic Transformation Database Manufacturing
Working PaperPremature deindustrialization and income inequality in middle-income countries
This paper examines the income inequality implications of a ‘premature deindustrialization’ trend in middle-income countries...Deindustrialization Income inequality Middle-income countries
Working PaperInformality and firm performance in Myanmar
Using a novel panel survey of enterprises in Myanmar, we compare the performance of manufacturing firms by three different informality definitions. The first is binary, based on whether firms pay taxes...Firms Informality Myanmar
Journal ArticleWas Kuznets Right?: New evidence on the relationship between structural transformation and inequality
We examine the Kuznets postulate that structural transformation leads to higher inequality using comparable panel data for a large number of developing and developed countries for 1960–2012...Structural transformation Inequality Kuznets
Research BriefTurnin’ it up a notch: Can foreign direct investment help South Africa increase the complexity of its exports?
Since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s economic challenges have disrupted efforts to establish a society of inclusive growth and prosperity...Economic complexity Foreign Direct Investment FDI