October 11, 2013
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"Which services most affect the productivity of firms in Sub-Saharan Africa?" This was the major research question put forth by Godfrey Madigu in his most recent lecture at the Navarra Center for International Development. Services have the potential to impact productivity by either increasing marginal costs or by hampering productivity through not being accessible. It was up to Madigu to explain of the two which most affected the productivity of Sub-Saharan Africa firms.

Building off from the studies of Eschenbach and Hoekman he examined how regional services in telecommunic...

October 04, 2013
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Governments dislike large stocks of immigrants and spend significant resources in limiting the number of entries into their countries. However, once a mass of illegal immigrants has accumulated, a powerful incentive emerges to retrieve some fiscal base by granting immigration amnesties. By regularizing the illegal workers governments can increase fiscal revenue through the much larger tax base. “Apart from not contributing to taxes, illegal workers, free ride and are more involved in illegal activities” said Francesco.

“My main question is, ‘over the past 30 years, why hav...

October 01, 2013
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Professor Luis-Alberiko Gil-Alaña presented an overview of the econometric investigations that he has performed during the last two years together with his coauthors on several issues of great interest concerning Kenyan economy. Making use of the technique of long memory and fractional integration in time series, to which he has highly contributed during the last fifteen years, he provided his audience with a clear idea of certain aspects that should be improved  regarding certain aspects of the Kenyan economy.

According to his results, fiscal policy is conducted in a more a...

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