Author Archives: Wheeler Institute

The Wheeler Institute COVID-19 series: Exploring the impact of a pandemic on developing countries

We are seeking to understand, illuminate and offer solutions to the challenges created by COVID-19. Through the Wheeler Institute COVID-19 series, we want to identify the role of business in addressing these challenges, with a focus on the implications and actions for those in developing countries. 

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Increasing the follow-up rate of patients requiring emergency high-consequence treatment

Improving poorer populations’ chances of getting necessary care The challenge A low attendance rate for urgent, high-consequence treatment is prevalent in the developing world. In poorer countries, ignorance about the illnesses people have, allied to the financial costs of attending for treatment, are two of the main reasons why they fail to show up for […]

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How the poor use their mobile data: A field experiment in India

Can less flexible data plans make users better off? The challenge Through their increased prevalence, smartphones have become a key social development tool for slum-dwellers. Particularly, they are considered as a ‘force multiplier’ to effectively deliver services and information to isolated markets.Although smartphones carry great potential, accessibility alone may not be enough to make a […]

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The political economy of climate change negotiations

What factors affect countries’ commitment to mitigating climate change? Climate change agreements are negotiated by countries at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), but countries differ greatly on who should bear the cost of mitigation initiatives: the greater the costs, the stronger the opposition from the country. These differences are particularly marked […]

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Go your own way: Migration, consumption and status

Measuring how business can empower female migrants Given its importance, many studies have sought to examine the phenomenon of migration. Arguably, the most important limitation of the existing literature is its focus on economic outcomes of migration, largely ignoring social outcomes among migrants and their communities of origin. The purpose of this research is to […]

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Indirect marketing through adoption of home solar systems in East Africa

Evaluating a private-sector initiative to increase technology adoption Of the 14% of the world’s population that live without access to modern electricity, 95% live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Studies have shown that clean-energy technologies such as solar-powered lighting and cook stoves can increase income and save household energy costs in emerging markets. Rooftop solar-technology […]

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Can user training increase technology adoption and enable women’s empowerment?

A field experiment on solar power adoption in off-grid Uganda Over a billion people live without access to modern electricity today, including 75% of the population of Uganda. Rooftop solar technology is providing a revolutionary alternative to grid-based electricity and has garnered great investor attention in the last few years, with studies showing that clean […]

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Policy uncertainty spillover and the role of institution: Evidence from the mining sector

Examining the role of institutional quality Global markets integration means that policy uncertainty in a national economy can have major ramifications across the world at a macroeconomic level. However, the empirical literature on the microeconomic channels that underlie macro relationships have been less studied. How do global firms reallocate assets across geographies in uncertain times? […]

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Foreign aid through domestic tax reforms?

Evidence from multinational firm presence in developing countries The challenge Multinational firms account for a significant part of resource allocation in the global economy. This is a particularly important issue in developing countries. Multinational firm investment in developing countries can often be associated with growth, however, these firms are often accused of exploiting local markets […]

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Impact of infrastructure improvements in India

Assessing reality of ‘trickle-down’ benefits of greater connectivity for rural households The challenge Increasing infrastructure investment is a key growth strategy in many developing countries; policy debates emphasise the ‘trickle-down’ benefits of such investment. However, there is a gap in our understanding of what type of infrastructure affects individuals’ ability to actualise such opportunities. It […]

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