Research Series (Economic Policy Research Centre) ISSN 2411-4499

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Uganda’s progress towards achieving inclusive sustainable growth is curtailed by large deficits in infrastructure stock, particularly in the transport and energy sectors. This study explores options for financing the scaling up of infrastructure development in Uganda.

This paper aims to establish whether the protection given to the list of sensitive products since 2005 has increased the regional capacity of the East African Community (EAC) to produce, reduced the importation of the same products from the rest of the world, increased intra-EAC trade, and/or improved welfare.

This paper examines the determinants of price differentials across 79 districts in Uganda. It identifies the main production areas for key agricultural commodities and consumption destinations.

This paper provides a micro perspective on the impact that mobile money services have on an individual’s saving behavior using 2013 Uganda FinScope data. 
Socio-Economic Effects of Gambling: Evidence from Kampala City Uganda

The paper explores the socio-economic implications of the gambling industry on welfare and the economy, level of participation and adequacy and effectiveness of the regulatory framework in Kampala City.

Tax Revenue Effects of Sectoral Growth and Public Expenditure in Uganda

This paper contributes to a growing strand of literature on the determinants of tax revenue performance in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically it estimates the tax elasticities of sectoral output growth and public expenditure.

The Challenges of Macroeconomic Management of Natural Resource Revenues in Developing Countries: The Case of Uganda

The paper focuses on oil discoveries in Uganda and their expected impact on government revenues. The authors used a calibrated dynamic, stochastic, general equilibrium model (DSGE) to analyze alternative spending policies of natural resource revenues.

The paper provides insights on the tax-benefit implications of the FY2014/15 tax proposals as well as the 2012/13 income tax reform. 

Youth unemployment continues to be a developmental challenge not only in Uganda but in several sub Saharan countries. At least 64 percent of the total unemployed persons are youth aged 18-30 years. As the government struggles to look for solutions to the unemployment challenge, one approach has been the promotion of self-employment through the establishment of National Youth Funds. Specifically, the Youth Venture Capital Fund (UYVCF) worth UGX 25bn (about US$ 10 million) was introduced in 2011 and more recently, in September 2013, government significantly boosted youth schemes by allocating UGX 265 billion (about US$ 100 million) to the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) over a five-year period.

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