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Estimating the impact on poverty of Ghana’s fuel subsidy reform and a mitigating response

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  • Edgar F.A. Cooke
  • Sarah Hague
  • John Cockburn
  • Abdel-Rahmen El Lahga
  • Luca Tiberti

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Governments across Africa have faced increasing challenges to maintain fuel subsidies over recent years. In Ghana, in the face of a near 12% fiscal deficit in 2012, their burgeoning cost has drawn attention to questions of fiscal sustainability as well as their overall efficiency and effectiveness. In 2013, the Ghanaian Government would have spent cost 2.4 billion GHS (approximately 1.2 billion USD) on fuel subsidies, equalling 3.2% of GDP and more than half of Ghana's allocation to the entire education sector. Fuel subsidies....

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  • Edgar F.A. Cooke & Sarah Hague & John Cockburn & Abdel-Rahmen El Lahga & Luca Tiberti, 2014. "Estimating the impact on poverty of Ghana’s fuel subsidy reform and a mitigating response," Working Papers MPIA 2014-02, PEP-MPIA.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:mpiacr:2014-02
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    1. Maria Vagliasindi, 2013. "Implementing Energy Subsidy Reforms : Evidence from Developing Countries," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 11965.
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    3. Quentin Wodon, 2012. "Improving the Targeting of Social Programs in Ghana," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13082.
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    1. Meskoub, M., 2015. "Cash transfer as a social policy instrument or a tool of adjustment policy: from indirect subsidies (to energy and utilities) to cash subsidies in Iran, 2010-2014," ISS Working Papers - General Series 610, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
    2. Bhattacharyya, Ranajoy & Ganguly, Amrita, 2017. "Cross subsidy removal in electricity pricing in India," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 100(C), pages 181-190.

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