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Housing policy in Ghana: Providing Incentives to Investors and Consumers

"A discussion of the housing market problems in Ghana must recognize the pervasive role of Government. Not only does Government exert an indirect influence generally on housing markets through tax policies, but it also exerts, in particular, a direc…

Liquidation Of The TOR Debt: Why Securitization Is A Better Option Than Recovery Through Petroleum Prices

"The Legislative Alert argues the current system of levying taxes through fuel price to pay the Tema Oil Refinery Debt is seriously flawed. Not only is the process cumbersome and inefficient, but it also puts an unnecessary burden on consumers. The …

The Problem Of High Interest Rates: Don’t Control But Please Regulate

"The persistence of high interest rates in Ghana is the collective responsibility of banks, the fiscal authorities and the monetary authorities. High bank lending rates and large spreads are of particular concern, not only can they not be justified …

Africa Can And Must Overcome Its Addiction To Foreign Aid

"This Legislative Alert draws attention to African countries’ addiction to foreign aid. It points out that this has not entirely helped the continent’s development because aid has been inadequate and has increased Africa’s indebtedness with consider…

The Petroleum Sector Should Be Fully Deregulated And Depoliticized In The National Interest

"For more than a decade, a process to deregulate the domestic petroleum sector remains uncompleted. This is because successive Governments have not been able to muster the necessary political courage to implement it fully. At best, the policy has be…

The Story Behind the Well A Case Study of Successful Community Development in Makutano, Kenya

Kenyans voted overwhelmingly for a new constitution in August 2010, following the post-election violence of 2008. This development was of huge importance, not least because there had been many previous attempts to overhaul the old constitution. How…

The Future of Democracy in Africa

Democracy in much of Africa is currently constrained from delivering on its development potential for three reasons. Firstly, governance capacity is lacking. Secondly, the quality of electoral democracy is thin. Finally, neo patrimonialism undermine…

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part II: Social And Infrastructure Dimensions

"After rebasing in 2010, Ghana’s per capita GDP rose to Middle-Income Country (MIC) level as defined by the World Bank. The per capita income measure is, however, seen to be too narrow as it does not even include key economic indicators let alone im…

Determinants Of Economic Growth In Ghana

"An econometric analysis of the factors influencing long-run economic growth in Ghana since independence was undertaken using a variant of neo-classical growth model based on available data from 1966 to 2000. The dependent variable of this long-run…

Wagner’s Law And The Causal Nexus Between Government Expenditures And Tax Receipts: An Empirical Study Of Ghana

"Wagner's law is tested by using the traditional versions and our own versions which account for prices. Results show that Wagner's law exists in Ghana. However, there is no empirical support to the view that increases in government expenditures …

Economic And Social Policies Of Dynamic Southeast Asian Countries: How Applicable are They To Ghana and Africa?

"This paper discusses some of the successful social and economic policies . adopted by the dynamic Southeast Asian countries that could be applied to the Ghanaian and African contexts. The analysis focuses on five main dynamic ASEAN countries: In…

The Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Budget and Country Ownership

"National budgets are essentially vehicles for the implementation of the aspirations, goals and objectives of a nation. Such aspirations find expression in national plans. Prior to 2001, the Ghana Vision 2020 document encapsulated the government's s…

Mitigating The Costs Of “Washington Consensus” Policies: Titbits For Ghana And Other African Countries

"African countries have for several decades been receiving development assistance from the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) based in Washington, D.C. The assistance comes with policies that reflect a liberal ideology fashioned in Washington and dub…

The Perils Of “A Guggisberg Economy”

"More than half a century after independence, the Ghanaian economy remains dependent on cocoa and gold for its survival. The country has failed to diversify the economy's production base all these years. In essence, the economy has retained its col…

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part I: The Economic Dimension

"After rebasing in 2010, Ghana’s per capita GDP rose to Middle-Income Country (MIC)level as defined by the World Bank. The per capita income measure is, however, seen to be too narrow as it does not even include key economic indicators let alone imp…

The Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative: Processes And Issues

"This paper analyzes the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries' Initiative (HIPC) with a focus on the experiences of countries such as Uganda and Bolivia that have had the most experience with the program. It was written at a time when Ghana was consideri…

Assessment of the Effect of the EAC Common External Tariff Sensitive Products List on the Performance of Domestic Industries, Welfare, Trade and Revenue

This report establishes whether the protection given to the list of sensitive products since 2005 has increased the regional capacity of the East African Community (EAC) to produce, reduced the importation of the same products from the rest of the w…

Determinants of Domestic Food Price Differentials in Uganda: The Potential for and Constraints on Intra-County Trade

The determinants of price differentials across 79 districts in Uganda is examined in this paper. It identifies the main production areas for key agricultural commodities and consumption destinations. The paper examines the hypothesis that spatial pr…

Has the Common External Tariff Sensitive List of Products for the EAC Generated Intra-Export Trade?

This study establishes whether the protection given to the list of sensitive products since 2005: has increased the EAC regional capacity to produce, and whether this reduced the importation of the same products from the rest of the world, have incr…

The Social Significance Of Ghana’s 2002 District Level Elections – In The Upper East Region

"This paper attempts to analyse the social structure of the District Assemblies created by the District Assembly Elections of 2002. The Upper East Region of Ghana, which is the poorest region in the country, is the focus of the study. The analysis i…

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