The Global Development Network Working Paper Series disseminates GDN-funded research by combining the best research produced by GDN researchers and contributions from leading scholars.

Decomposing Redistributive and Reranking Effects to Reveal Contributions of Taxes and Benefits
Author : Ivica Urban
Date : December 2011
Description : In this paper new decompositions of redistributive effects have been developed revealing the relative contributions of different tax and benefit instruments.
A Tale of Extremes: The Political Economy of Agricultural Policies in Argentina and Malawi
Author : Lucio Castro and Ephraim Chirwa
Date : June 2011
Description : The paper attempts to answer why two countries, Argentina and Malawi have implemented similarly discriminatory policies against their large agricultural sector, and examine the effects of those policies.
Oil and Institutions “Tale of Two Cities”: Nigeria and Colombia
Author : Guillermo Perry, Olawale Ogunkola, Mauricio Olivera and Babajide Fowowe
Date : June 2011
Description : This paper compares the macro-economic and regional effects of oil abundance (or dependence) in Colombia and Nigeria and how both countries have managed it to derive policy recommendations for themselves as well as for other oil abundant countries.
Role of Copper in the Chilean and Zambian Economies: Main Economic and Policy Issues
Author : Patricio Meller and Anthony M. Simpasa (with the collaboration of Bernardo Lara and Gonzalo Valdés)
Date : June 2011
Description : This paper uses Chile and Zambia as case studies to examine which factors make some (developing) countries take advantage of natural resources to foster their development, while others fail in the attempt.
Commodity Dependence and Fiscal Capacity
Author : Mauricio Cárdenas, Santiago Ramírez and Didem Tuzemen
Date : June 2011
Description : This paper shows that higher commodity dependence reduces the government's incentive to invest in fiscal capacity.
Retrospective Analysis of School Based Malaria Treatment Programme and Impact on Health and Education Outcomes in Mangochi District, Malawi
Author : Bertha Nhlema M. Simwaka, Kisukyabo Simwaka and George Bello
Date : March 2010
Description : This report presents a retrospective evaluation of the school based malaria treatment program implemented in Mangochi district, Malawi.
An Evaluation of the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGs
Author : Joseph Mensah, Joseph R. Oppong, Kofi Bobi-Barimah, George Frempong and William Sabi
Date : March 2010
Description : The study evaluates the National Health Insurance Scheme to determine whether it is fulfilling the needs for which it was established in Ghana.
Impact Evaluation of a Young Medical Volunteers Project for Vietnam Rural Mountain
Author : Uyen Vu Ngoc and Huy Vu Quoc
Date : March 2010
Description : The health impacts of a volunteer intervention addressing health worker shortage in the remote mountainous communities of Vietnam are evaluated in this paper.
Assessing Pro-Poor Qualities of Public Policy and Practice in Urban Areas in Ghana
Author : Ellen Bortei-Doku Aryeetey, Peter Quartey, Dela Tsikata and Irene Ampaabeng
Date : November 2009
Description : This study discusses trends in urban poverty, its causes and outcomes, based on an analysis of the pro-poor qualities of public sector initiatives in urban areas in Ghana between 1991 and 2008.
Institutional Responses to Decentralization, Urban Poverty, Food Shortages and Urban Agriculture
Author : Etienne Nel, Godfrey Hampwaye, Alex Thornton, Chris M. Rogerson and Lochner Marais
Date : November 2009
Description : This report evaluates responses from eight case studies (four from Zambia and South Africa each) against the existing literature and policy frameworks on urban agriculture.
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