OCCASIONAL PAPERS

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 […]
May 9, 2018

Economic Shocks And Growth 
In Post-Independence Ghana, 1957 To 2017 [Occasional Paper 14]

[Occasional Paper 14] Economic Shocks And Growth 
In Post-Independence Ghana, 1957 To 2017 The study analyses economic growth based on annual changes in real gross domestic product (GDP) in Ghana during the post-independence period from 1957 to 2017 using an econometric approach involving an autoregressive modelling scheme that incorporates several economic shocks as separate independent variables. The economic shocks included in the model are world cocoa price shock, world oil price shock, weather shock due to an El Nino weather phenomenon, and political instability shock for military coups or attempted military coups. Read more full paper here
January 20, 2018

Does the 2018 Budget and Economic Policy Address the Critical Challenges Facing Ghana? [Occasional Paper 13]

[Occasional Paper 13] Does the 2018 Budget and Economic Policy Address the Critical Challenges Facing Ghana? Ghana is currently facing three critical economic challenges, namely a slowdown of economic growth, rising unemployment, and surging public debt. The broad agenda of the government in 2018 is to guide the economy to grow and create more job opportunities to deal with the surging unemployment by reversing the abysmal performance of the agriculture sector and reviving the ailing manufacturing sub-sector. This is to be achieved by a number of flagship programs and projects. The government also plans to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit […]
October 23, 2017

Government Expenditure Arrears in Ghana: Trends, Causes and Management [Occasional Paper 12]

[Occasional Paper 12] Government Expenditure Arrears in Ghana: Trends, Causes, and Management Government expenditure arrears have reached a significant proportion in recent years, and their clearance has contributed to the growth in public expenditure, deficits, and debt. This paper tracks the arrears problem and examines its causes and management. Read full paper here Occasional Paper 12