29th Mar 2016, Working Paper
Author: Jonathan Colmer
To what degree can the movement of workers across sectors mitigate the economic consequences of weather-driven changes in agricultural productivity? Combining worker-level, firm-level and district-level data with high-resolution meteorological data, this paper examines the effects of weather on economic activity in India.
18th Oct 2015, Working Paper
Tanzania is urbanizing fast but it is still only about one-third of the way through its urbanisation process. This gives policy makers a window of opportunity to design new policies which avoid the mistakes of the past. From global experience, we know that urbanisation can bring large benefits: by enabling firms to reap the productivity gains of scale and specialization it makes ordinary workers better off. Cities perform this miracle of productivity by providing good connectivity between firms and households. This paper investigates what Dar es Salaam can do to reap the benefits of urbanisation an transform into a well-functioning city.