Effective States and Inclusive Development

Does democracy cause growth?

  By Daron Acemoglu, Suresh Naidu, Pascual Restrepo, James Robinson  3 June 2016 This post first appeared on Ideas for India Many analysts view democracy as a neutral or negative factor for growth. This column discusses new evidence showing that democracy has a robust and sizeabl

The political settlement and ‘deals environment’ in Rwanda: Unpacking two decades of economic growth

Working paper 57 Download pdf Pritish Behuria and Tom Goodfellow Abstract This paper explores the political economy of growth in Rwanda during two decades of economic expansion under the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). It builds on recent work emphasising the importance of party-owned

What are our findings on Ghana?

    Anna Webster 13 April 2016   So the ESID team are back in Manchester following a great week in Ghana. It was a hot and steamy 30 degrees in the vibrant city of Accra and during a brief power cut we realised how thankful we were for the AC! Debate and discussion on t

Ghana’s political settlement and constraints to structural transformation

Briefing No. 14 This briefing analyses the ways in which Ghana’s current political settlement and the structure of its domestic economy shape the relationship between the state and the business sector. This analysis is used to explain why Ghana’s sustained growth has occurred wi

How can poor people be brought into formalised economies?

Our Research Director Professor Kunal Sen has just published a new book: Out of the Shadows? The Informal Sector in Post-Reform India. Here he investigates how the poor can be brought into formalised economies. Kunal Sen 4 February 2016 In recent decades, a number of countries in the

Boom and bust: What’s caused India’s growth slowdown?

5 January 2016 By Kunal Sen For much of the 1990s and 2000s, India was seen as the ‘new kid on the block’ among countries that were growth success stories. This narrative of India’s emerging growth miracle came to a sudden stop in 2011, as growth slowed down considerably. The average

LISTEN: A Podcast from our renowned researcher, Professor Lant Pritchett, on Five (Hard) Truths

  Lant Pritchett, Harvard Professor of the Practice of International Development and researcher for the Centre for Global Development and ESID delivers a provocative and inspiring talk on the basic mechanics of Drive, Shift, Kink and Strategies for National Development

Political settlements, the deals environment and economic growth: The case of Ghana

Working paper 53 Download pdf Robert Darko Osei, Charles Ackah, George Domfe and Michael Danquah Abstract The paper explores the extent to which political settlements, and consequently the deals environment, have influenced the growth and development outcomes for Ghana. This is done u

Bringing politics and economic growth together

14 October 2015 Nicholas Waddell, a DFID Governance Adviser working on ‘Governance for Economic Development’ (G4ED) draws on ESID’s work to explore the links between governance and economic growth.  [Originally posted on Oxfam’s From Poverty To Power blog] Should I play it

Growth slowdowns: Middle-income trap vs. regression to the mean

7 May 2015 By Lant Pritchett and Lawrence H. Summers. [Re-posted from VOX – CEPR’s Policy Portal.] No question is more important for the living standards of billions of people, or for the evolution of the global system than the question of how rapidly differently economies