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In 2012, with support from the UK Department for International Development (UK Aid/DFID) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, PEP launched a new initiative to support research and build local capacities in“Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment” (PAGE) in developing countries. Below are the main features and outcomes of the program, completed by the end of 2016.

The high success and impact of the initiative has led both donors to provide support for a new series of projects between 2016 and 2020 (PAGE II - find out more)

Some of the PAGE impact/uptake stories have been published as part of the PEP impact brief series (more to follow).

The main outcomes and impact of the PAGE initiative, including theme-based summaries of findings from different regions and coutnries, are also described in the following: PAGE I brief 2017.

Other outcomes of the PAGE initiative include:

Dissemination

Publications

Summary of findings per theme

PEP is currently publishing a series of articles to summarize and compare the key findings from projects focused on similar themes but from different countries and regions. Follow the links below to find those summaries published to date.

   ABOUT PAGE

To build and promote research capacities in developing countries

In accordance to PEP’s core mission, the PAGE initiative includes an important “capacity building” component - all selected teams benefitted from the unique and manifold “PEP research support program” for the conduct of both high quality and policy-engaged research projects.

One particular feature of this program is that priority was given to researchers from and based in low-income countries, fragile and/or conflict states (LFCs) - see list of targeted countries. 46% of all PAGE projects were led in LFCs.

PAGE calls for proposals

PAGE research teams were selected through a series of (three) open and competitive calls for proposals, launched annually in 2012, 2013 and 2014. A total of 420 project proposals were submitted under the three PAGE calls for proposals, by applicant research teams in developing countries, of which 36% (152) were from LFCs.

All PEP-PAGE projects are carefully selected after a long review process and several rounds of evaluation, which cumulate with their presentation/discussion with an audience of peers and PEP-affiliated international experts during one of the PEP general meetings.

The project teams selected for support under the PAGE program participated in the PEP annual meetings held in Cape Town, South Africa (2013), in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (2014) and in Nairobi, Kenya (2015).
 

For the analysis of specific and country-relevant policy issues

Under the broad theme of inclusive growth and employment, a different list of priority issues was identified as especially relevant to address specific knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of evidence base for each of the annual PAGE calls for proposals. Below is the combined list of priority issues identified for projects selected through the three rounds of PAGE funding:

  • Providing social protection to the informal sector
  • Safety net complementarities
  • Youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • Employment intensity of non-agricultural growth
  • China’s growth: opportunities and challenges for developing countries
  • Entrepreneurial risk tolerance by gender
  • Discrimination in credit access for women at the SME level
  • Improving the targeting of public expenditures and social assistance
  • Design of minimum wage policies and impact on youth and female workers
  • The inclusiveness of growth: the role of labor markets
  • Natural resources and employment
  • Micro and small enterprises for economic empowerment and poverty reduction

From a variety of methodological approaches

Building on fifteen years of experience and the knowledge of a large pool of world-renowned experts in the field, PEP offers unique expertise in the application of cutting-edge methodologies and analytical techniques in economics and development research within the specific context of developing countries.

The PEP research support program spans four distinct thematic research groups (TRGs), each focused on a different set of methodological approaches. Each group involves experts from around the world who are assigned as mentors to the research project teams upon selection as grant recipient. Projects supported under the PAGE initiative followed either of the following approaches:

The table below presents the list of all projects  supported under PAGE I
Click on the links in the left column to find each project's description and publications - links in bold include a video interview of the researchers:

Project code (link)

Project title

Country

Macro-micro policy simulations – MPIA

MPIA-12394

Assessing the impact of China’s economic and trade expansion on poverty in Burkina Faso (in French)

Burkina Faso

MPIA-12387

Impacts of macroeconomic policies on growth, employment and poverty: A CGE analysis for Cambodia

Cambodia

MPIA-12424

China’s growth; an opportunity for the economy of the Central African Republic? (in French)

Central African Republic

MPIA-12453

Impact of oil and mining sectors’ boom on labour market and economic development in Niger (in French)

Niger

MPIA-12659

Socioeconomic analysis of informal employment in Cameroon (French)

Cameroon

MPIA-12598

Trade liberalisation and employment effects in Indian manufacturing: An empirical assessment

India

MPIA-12617

Macroeconomic implications of female entrepreneurs facing financial frictions to access credit

Cameroon

MPIA-12618

Dutch disease, informality, and employment intensity in Colombia

Colombia

MPIA-12595

A static CGE model of the Mongolian economy

Mongolia

MPIA-12805

Development of extractive industries and public spending policies in Niger: A dynamic CGE approach (in French)

Niger

MPIA-12799

Expansion of the mining sector and economic development in Burkina Faso : a dynamic CGE analysis (in French)

Burkina Faso

MPIA-12804

Impact of public education spending on labour market and households’ welfares in Cambodia: A CGE approach

Cambodia

MPIA-12823

Macro-economic impact of MGNREGA in India: An analysis in CGE modeling framework

India

MPIA-12838

The effects of minimum wages on the labour market and income distribution in Kenya: A CGE analysis

Kenya

MPIA-12849

The major bottlenecks of micro and small scale enterprises’ growth and alternative strategies in Ethiopia: Econometric and CGE analysis

Ethiopia

MPIA-12867

Impacts of agricultural incentive policies on socioeconomic and environmental variables in Guatemala

Guatemala

MPIA-12868

L’impact des réformes commerciales sur la croissance économique, l’emploi et la pauvreté dans les pays de la CEDEAO : le cas du Sénégal

Senegal

MPIA-12872 The impact of wage policy on poverty, informality and growth Bolivia

Experimental impact evaluations using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) - PIERI

PIERI-12375

The Impacts of vocational training programs on the duration of youth unemployment in Mongolia

Mongolia

PIERI-12506

Randomized evaluation of an unconditional cash transfer scheme for the elderly in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Nigeria

PIERI-12451

Beyond technical skills training: the impact of credit counselling on entrepreneurial behavior of Ugandan youth

Uganda

PIERI-12515

Enhancing productive firm assets: A RCT on an innovative savings-loan product for female entrepreneurs

Ghana

PIERI-12792

The relationship between intra-household bargaining and program participation in rural India

India

PIERI-12883

Barriers limiting access to financial services for micro and small entrepreneurs in Bolivia: A randomized field experiment on institutional ethnic discriminatory practices

Bolivia

Microeconomic measurement and analysis – PMMA + non-experimental impact evaluations – PIERI

PMMA-12366

Education language choice and youth entrepreneurship in Chad

Chad

PMMA-12367

Social protection to the informal sector: the role of minimum wage and income transfer policies

Argentina

PMMA-12379

Labour migration in Cambodia: causes and impact on poverty, inequality, and productivity

Cambodia

PMMA-12384

Is there discrimination against women entrepreneurs in formal credit markets in Nigeria?

Nigeria

PMMA-12400

Risk tolerance, gender, and entrepreneurship: the case of the occupied Palestinian territory

occupied Palestinian territory

PMMA-12415

Youth self-employment in households receiving remittances in Macedonia

Macedonia

PMMA-12488

Internal mobility and youth entrepreneurship in Democratic Republic of Congo (in French)

Congo, D.R.

PMMA-12517

Access to credit and women entrepreneurship: evidence from Bangladesh

Bangladesh

PMMA-12660

Land tenure policy and women’s off-farm employment in rural China

China

PMMA-12668

Spill-overs from self-employment opportunities in rural Niger

Niger

PMMA-12673

Employment intensity of non-farm growth: the case of Vietnam

Vietnam

PMMA-12680

Migration, remittances, labor market and human capital in Senegal

Senegal

PMMA-12699

Mismatch unemployment: the case of Macedonia – with special reference to young adults

Macedonia

PMMA-12594

Remittances impact on youth labour supply: evidence from Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

PMMA-12583

A propensity-score matching evaluation of the social impacts of micro-financing on municipalities and households in Bolivia

Bolivia

PMMA-12579

Voucher system for social protection of the socially vulnerable remittance receivers in Macedonia

Macedonia

PMMA-12576

Female entrepreneurship, access to credit, and firms' productivity in Senegal

Senegal

PMMA-12704

The impact of a rural microcredit and financial inclusion schemes targeting women on household vulnerability and economic empowerment: evidence from South West Nigeria

Nigeria

PMMA-12769

The impact of child and youth labor on his/her performance in school

Brazil

PMMA-12783

How does the exploitation of natural resources affect income disparities across population groups?

Burkina Faso

PMMA-12791

Revisiting the unfinished agenda: Multiple-source borrowings, farm production and the use of fertilizer in rural Cambodia

Cambodia

PMMA-12800

Wage ‘scarring’ when youth unemployment is extremely high: evidence from Macedonia

Macedonia

PMMA-12808

Minimum wage policies: Wage, employment, and distributional impacts in Ecuador

Ecuador

PMMA-12814

Non-wage benefits, union ‘facilitation effect’ and labour market outcomes in Ghana

Ghana

PMMA-12830

Reduction of child poverty in Serbia: Balancing between improved cash-transfers and policies that pro

Serbia

PMMA-12869

Measuring the effects of minimum wage in Bolivia’s dual economy

Bolivia

PMMA-12880

Poverty, inequality and oil exploitation in Chad

Chad

Community-based monitoring systemsinfo

CBMS-12531

Institutionalizing Local Level Poverty Monitoring System (LLPMS)

Bangladesh

CBMS-12546

Toward a Community Based Monitoring System for Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Bolivia

CBMS-12559

Developing a System of Communal Statistics in Two Municipalities of Haiti (in French)

Haiti

CBMS-12553

Measuring the Impact of Economic Programs in Niger through a Mechanism of Poverty Monitoring at the Community Level (in French)

Niger

CBMS-12548

CBMS Development Initiative to Reap the Demographic Dividend in the Helm of the 18th Amendment in Pakistan

Pakistan

CBMS-12555

The Link between Youth Unemployment and Vulnerability in Tanzania: Case Study of Bukoba Urban District

Tanzania

CBMS-12567

Strengthening the use of a "community-based poverty monitoring system" to provide evidence base for policies related to social protection and child welfare in the communities of Diebougou and Koper (in French)

Burkina Faso

CBMS-12566

Expanding the Community-based Poverty Monitoring System in Argentina

Argentina

CBMS-12658

Challenges and prospects of entrepreneurship and job creation for youth employment in two federal administered cities of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa).

Ethiopia

CBMS-12695

Willingness of the Togolese informal sector workers to pay for access to social protection; The case study of the CNSS social protection

Togo

CBMS-12895

An Examination of multidimensional poverty, youth unemployment and entrepreneurship in Limpopo Province

South Africa

CBMS-12896

Entrepreneurship as a mechanism to address youth unemployment and poverty in Kenya: Case study of Murang'a County

Kenya

CBMS-12901

Towards CBMS in Bolivia ("communidad-i")

Bolivia

CBMS-12897

Enhancing the implementation of the community information system to inform youth employment strategy

Uganda

 

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