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April 2018 [2018-5]Decentralization, spending efficiency and pro-poor outcomes in Morocco Maria EL KHDARI, Babacar SARR

This paper studies how decentralization affects poverty, vulnerability, and inequality in Morocco, in the context of ongoing regionalization reforms. We use different non-parametric approaches to assess spending efficiency of Moroccan municipalities and regions over the period 2005-2009. The results indicate that the efficiency of spending in improving pro-poor outcomes is dependent on the fiscal autonomy […]

April 2018 [2018-4]Deconcentration, political and fiscal decentralization, in Morocco Maria EL KHDARI

The paper examines how the Government of Morocco has addressed the issue of decentralization in recent years and how these processes have evolved and affected fiscal and public policies. More specifically, this paper analyzes the current legislative and institutional provisions governing administrative, political and fiscal decentralization in Morocco and presents a detailed analysis of the […]

April 2018 [2018-3]School or work? The role of weather shocks in Madagascar Francesca MARCHETTA, David SAHN, Luca TIBERTI

We examine the impact of rainfall variability and cyclones on schooling and work among a cohort of teens and young adults by estimating a bivariate probit model, using a panel survey conducted in 2004 and 2011 in Madagascar—a poor island nation that is frequently affected by extreme weather events. Our results show that negative rainfall […]

January 2018 [2017-0]INFLATION TARGETING, FISCAL RULES AND THE POLICY MIX: CROSS-EFFECTS AND INTERACTIONS Jean-Louis COMBES, Xavier DEBRUN, Alexandru MINEA, René TAPSOBA

We examine how inflation targeting (IT) and fiscal rules (FR) affect inflation and fiscal performance in a large panel of countries during 1990–2009. In line with theory, both FR and IT appear to shape monetary and fiscal outcomes. Significant cross-effects seem to exist as IT strengthens fiscal performance, whereas the combination of FR and IT […]

December 2017 [2017-0]Impact of export upgrading on tax revenue in developing and high-income countries Sena Kimm GNANGNON, Jean-François BRUN

Empirical studies usually analyse the relationship between an economy’s trade sector and tax revenue in developing countries through the e ect of trade liberalization on tax revenue. This paper takes a di erent angle by examining the impact of export upgrading strategies (export diversi cation and improvement in export quality) on non-resource tax revenue. The […]

December 2017 [2017-23]Going beyond analysis of internal data to support customs modernization: A case study in Gabon Joel CARIOLLE, Cyril CHALENDARD, Anne-Marie GEOURJON, Bertrand LAPORTE

Customs administrations in developing countries increasingly use risk-based techniques relying on data mining and statistical scoring. By demonstrating the value of using data analysis techniques to orient frontline controls so as to facilitate legal trade and combat fraud more effectively, these projects have helped promote a cultural change in these organizations. However, these risk management […]

December 2017 Décloisonner l’analyse des données pour appuyer la modernisation des douanes : une illustration à partir du Gabon Joel CARIOLLE, Cyril CHALENDARD, Anne-Marie GEOURJON, Bertrand LAPORTE

Customs administrations in developing countries increasingly use risk-based techniques relying on data mining and statistical scoring. By demonstrating the value of using data analysis techniques to orient frontline controls so as to facilitate legal trade and combat fraud more effectively, these projects have helped promote a cultural change in these organizations. However, these risk management […]

November 2017 [2017-20]Is there a strategy in China’s health official development assistance to African countries? Marlène GUILLON, Jacky MATHONNAT

Chinese health official development assistance (ODA) to Africa has largely increased since the third Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2006. Even if China now ranks among the top ten bilateral donors for health aid in Africa few studies have assessed the determinants of Chinese health ODA to African countries. Our objective is to study […]

November 2017 [2017-18]Minimum age regulation and child labor: New evidence from Brazil Olivier BARGAIN, Delphine BOUTIN

We suggest new evidence on minimum age regulations using a natural experiment. In 1998, a constitutional reform has changed the minimum working age from 14 to 16 in Brazil. The reform was the legislative counterpart of a broad set of measures taken by a government strongly committed to fighting child labor. We document the fact […]

October 2017 [2017-17]Investment climate, outward orientation and manufacturing firm productivity: New empirical evidence Hoang Thanh Mai NGUYEN, Marie-Ange VEGANZONES-VAROUDAKIS

Drawing on the World Bank Enterprise Surveys (WBES), we revisit the link between investment climate and firm productive performance for a panel of enterprises surveyed twice in 70 developing countries and 11 manufacturing industries. We take advantage of the surveys done at different times in an increasing number of economies, to tackle the endogeneity issue […]