Recent Publications and Resources

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Regional Agricultural Trade Environment (RATE) Assessments

Nathan conducted a Regional Agricultural Trade Environment (RATE) assessment of seven ASEAN member countries in 2012. We analyzed the trade environment for agricultural products in each country; explained how that environment affects trade in agricultural commodities and food security; and recommended legal and institutional reforms necessary to improve trade in agricultural products. The RATE assessment produced 17 reports, 7 on individual countries and 10 on specific topics. All reports promote private sector advocacy and monitoring of reform at the national and regional levels, a central goal of the USAID-funded MARKET project managed by Nathan ...
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Unleashing Potential: The Internet’s Role in the Performance of India’s Small and Medium Enterprises

In this report, Nathan Economic Consulting India Private Limited (Nathan India) joined with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Google India to analyze the economic impact of the Internet on India’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The survey-based study of 951 firms in various industrial and geographical clusters across India examines how SMEs use the Internet, quantifies the impact of Internet use on SMEs economic performance, explores why SMEs might not be using the Internet or not using it intensively, and recommends ways to promote and support Internet use to benefit SMEs and the ...
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Interest Rate Caps and Their Impact on Financial Inclusion

The recent introduction of a lending rate ceiling for banks and other financial institutions in Zambia reopened an old debate over the appropriateness of regulatory intervention to limit the charging of rates that are deemed, by policymakers, to be excessively high. This short paper studies the theory behind interest rate caps ...
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Transnational land acquisitions: What are the drivers, levels, and destinations, of recent transnational land acquisitions?

This paper seeks to assess the role of investment funds and sovereign wealth funds in large scale land acquisitions overseas through compiling the key findings from existing studies and publications ...
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Global energy markets and African resource finds

The report finds that East African gas and Mozambican coal are set to make significant inroads to transforming the region into a sizeable supplier of some of Asian energy demand over coming years ...
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Pro-Poor Growth Through Support for Private Sector Development

Little time is left to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) of halving the proportion of people living on incomes less than one US dollar a day, and progress in most developing countries has been grim. Written by Nathan London with the OECD DAC Network on Poverty Reduction, this report explains how support for the private sector can accelerate economic growth and make it more likely that such growth reduces poverty. Download the report from the OECD website ...
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South Sudan Corridor Diagnostic Study and Action Plan

The Nimule, Juba transport link is crucial for the initial development of Southern Sudan. The link handles most of the traffic for relief food supplies, other consumer goods, and building and construction material and equipment. Nathan prepared a diagnostic assessment of the corridors connecting South Sudan with neighboring countries, focusing on the connection of Juba with the Northern Corridor and the Port of Mombasa. By identifying and quantifying the impact of bottlenecks, we identified investment priorities to enhance the transport infrastructure in the short- and medium-term ...
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Firms’ investment decisions in fragile states

What does the literature say on the composition of fragile state economies? What is the role of foreign and national investment? Does the economic composition change depending on level of conflict/fragility? Within our definition of fragility, GDP per capita of fragile states ranges from $200 to $5,000, and just over a third (11 of the 29) includes countries with substantial production in either minerals or oil, and nearly half of fragile countries suffer some form of conflict. The analysis suggests there is no clear and significant negative correlation between conflict and foreign investment among developing countries ...