OCCASIONAL PAPERS

September 25, 2019

Assessing management of the Ghana Petroleum Fund and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Revenue [Occasional Paper No. 21]

Since Ghana became a producer and exporter of oil in the late 2010, there has been strong public interest in the management of petroleum revenues accruing to the government, as it is believed that to make the revenues transformative demands their transparent and effective management. This report assess transparency and efficiency in the management of these revenues and offers recommendations to address observed shortcomings. Read the full report here.
May 24, 2019

Ghana’s Attempts at Industrialization: How Can the Country Achieve the Success It Yearns For? [Occasional Paper No. 19]

[Occasional Paper No. 19] Ghana’s Attempts at Industrialization: How Can the Country Achieve the Success It Yearns For? Since independence, Ghana has sought to extensively develop the manufacturing sector of the economy with the goal of becoming an industrialized nation, enjoying rapid and sustained economic growth and development. Yet, data reveal that the manufacturing sector has performed very poorly, leading to the failure of the country’s industrialization attempts despite strong policy attention paid to the sector. Economic fundamentals such as high fiscal deficits, macroeconomic instability, shortage of foreign currency, inadequate raw materials to feed the manufacturing industries, etc. have commonly […]
November 15, 2018

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[Occasional Paper 18] Ensuring Strong Broad-Based Economic Growth and Significant Reduction in Unemployment in Ghana Having witnessed a decline in economic growth in the 1990s on average, Ghana recorded increased rates of economic growth in the 2000s. In 2011 and 2012, the economy of Ghana registered exceptionally high growth rates. Even though this was partly due to the production of oil in commercial quantities, which began in December 2012, the traditional non-oil sector also saw very high growth rates in these years. However, starting from 2013, the growth of both the total and non-oil economies began to decline, reaching incredibly […]
October 28, 2018

Strong Economic Growth And Significant Reduction In Unemployment: The Critical Issues To Address In Ghana’s 2019 Budget [Occasional Paper 17]

 [Occasional Paper 17] Strong Economic Growth And Significant Reduction In Unemployment: The Critical Issues To Address In Ghana’s 2019 Budget Unemployment has become the most serious challenge currently confronting Ghana. Indeed, the unemployment problem has reached a crisis point, given that the rate consistently increased over the most part of the last three decades, and stood at 11.9% at the end of 2015. The overwhelming majority of the unemployed are young people, aged between 15 and 34 years. Only 10% of graduates find jobs after their national service, and available statistics show that sometimes it takes up to 10 years […]
September 30, 2018

Analysis of Unemployment in Ghana Using District Level National Population Census Data [Occasional Paper 16]

[Occasional Paper 16] Analysis of Unemployment in Ghana Using District Level National Population Census Data  This study analyses unemployment in Ghana using district-level data based on the 2010 and 2000 National Population and Housing Censuses. In line with government’s district-focused policies, including the One District One Factory (1D1F), One District One Ambulance (ODOA), and One Village One Dam (OVOD), this study uses district-level data from the only two national population censuses conducted during the Fourth Republican era, in 2000 and 2010, to analyse the factors influencing the unemployment rate at the district level. Based on the 2010 Census, it was established […]
September 12, 2018

Pension Systems- A General Overview [Occasional Paper 15]

[Occasional Paper 15] Pension Systems- A General Overview Ghana, like most countries, has introduced comprehensive reforms to its pension system, leading to the establishment of a new three-tier pension structure in 2008. This paper looks at the general concept of pensions from the basics and is intended to serve as a source of reference for subsequent papers on pensions. It considers the rationale for pension systems, the types, and models of pension provision, including a review of the two models of pension systems by two leading international organizations; the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It also discusses […]