Crawford School of Public Policy

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How do the poor handle money? What do the financial diaries of char dwellers tell us about financial inclusion?

Derived from livelihoods surveys and ethnographic material about people living on the chars, or river islands, in deltaic lower Bengal, this paper illustrates the complex, diverse and ingenious ways that the poor manage money. These islands constitute some of the most vulnerable locations housing some...
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Financial safety nets in Asia: genesis, evolution, adequacy, and way forward

This working paper discusses the need to for Australia to further strengthen its economic ties with other South East Asian nations, making particular reference to future international trade. The impetus for strengthening regional financial safety nets among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

Estimating effects of price-distorting policies using alternative distortions databases

This paper addresses three questions relating to the very extensive use of the GTAP global trade protection database: Are there additional price-distorting policy instruments worthy of inclusion in the base year? What is the appropriate counterfactual set of price distortions in the year of concern...

The link between fiscal deficit and inflation: do public sector wages matter?

This paper investigates the validity of the hypothesis that suggests there is a link between fiscal deficits and inflation in developing countries and further explores this link in the absence of public sector wage expenditure. Sri Lanka, a developing country with a persistent fiscal deficit...

Global production sharing and South-South trade

This paper examines patterns and determinants of trade among developing countries (South-South trade), with emphasis on the role of production sharing in global economic integration of the Southern economies. It begins with an analytical narrative of the emerging trends and patterns of South-South trade using...