COVID-19 in Northern Africa

In their report, the team studied the economic position of four countries in Northern Africa: Chad, Guinea, Morocco and Togo during the pandemic. Further, using the World Bank enterprise survey data they compared and contrast the impacts of COVID on manufacturing firms and the governmental response in each country.

ESEM Student James Gallagher:

"Working with my group was a very pleasant experience. We managed to stay on top of our work throughout the project and everyone brought their own expertise"

"Our goal for the project was to build on the enterprise survey data by transforming the data into a tangible roadmap of the current situation and provide further context so that policy makers can make better decisions regarding the COVID pandemic in the region."

Learn more about their work on their website:

COVID 19 in Zambia & South Africa

In this project, the students provided an analysis of the policy support received by firms in Zambia (a lower-middle-income economy) and South Africa (an upper-middle-income economy) using trade, employment, and macroeconomic indicators on the one hand, and the World Bank enterprise survey on the other hand.

Their results are also summarized in a podcast available on Spotify on the economic impacts of the pandemic in Zambia and South Africa

ESEM Student David Silvertand 

"This research provided us with a different scope on a part of the world not often being researched, and I hope our research can show NGOs and local institutions that best intentions regarding COVID-19 help towards SMEs can fill in some demand side gaps."

Podcast (19 min)

Triple Win in Labour Migration in the European Union

Recently, a narrative was introduced to discuss the potentiality of a triple win in migration. This would denote a situation in which all three parties, the origin country, the destination country, and the migrant,  benefit from the migration. The aim of the students’ report, therefore, aims to answer four main questions:

  1. What opportunities for international labour mobility exist?
  2. What effects of labour mobility on countries of origin, countries of destination and migrants have been identified?
  3. Do different models of labour mobility schemes have different implications, especially for the countries of origin and their labour markets?
  4. To what extent can the triple win argument be underlined with the identified empirical evidence?


On their website, they provide the dataset they have developed as well as their report.
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Industrial development and trade policy tool

This report aims to help policymakers in their analysis and decision making through the four pillars

  1. Economic Complexity,
  2. Global Value Chain,
  3. Foreign Direct Investments and
  4. Innovation.

Under each are identified indicators that are used to analyse the regional overview and specific country cases. These indicators can guide policymakers by helping them identify the position of their country in terms of trade composition, economic complexity and where they are currently at in the GVC as well as the value-added generated by the different forms of participation in the GVC. In addition to the report, they have created a manual to guide policymakers.

ESEM Student Caroline Da Silva

"Overall, I hope that our output would be, in a way, useful in carrying out the project’s objectives and that is to provide intuitive indicators for policy makers in developing their respective countries’ industries and in turn help flourish and integrate their local economies into international trade, whether regional or global."

The Four Projects

  • COVID-19 in Northern Africa

  • COVID 19 in Zambia & South Africa

  • Triple Win in Labour Migration in the European Union

  • Industrial development and trade policy tool