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“Blanket” Fuel and Electricity Subsidies Did Not Offer Much Benefit to Zambia’s Poor

This paper offers an alternative perspective to the motion on anti-abolition of subsidies. We argue that during their existence, the fuel and electricity subsidies had benefitted the poor far less than they had done any other social groups in Zamb…

Estimating the Impact on Poverty of Ghana's Fuel Subsidy Reform and a Mitigating response

Governments across Africa have faced increasing challenges to maintain fuel subsidies over recent years. In Ghana, in the face of a near 12% fiscal deficit in 2012, their burgeoning cost has drawn attention to questions of fiscal sustainability as w…

Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Social Contract in Nigeria: A Micro-economic Analysis

This paper provides rigorous empirical evidence about the determinants of support for fuel subsidy reforms in Africa’s largest economy – Nigeria. Fuel subsidies in Nigeria are large – at the last estimate the state subsidises petrol to the tune of a…

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