Jenifer Piesse

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— The results of a two-year survey of smallholders in Makhathini Flats, KwaZulu-Natal show that farmers who adopted Bt cotton in 1999–2000 benefited according to all the measures used. Higher yields and lower chemical costs outweighed higher seed costs, giving higher gross margins. These measures showed negative benefits in 1998–99, which conflicts with(More)
The relationships between basic and applied agricultural R&D, developed and developing country R&D and between R&D, extension, technology and productivity growth are outlined. The declining growth rates of public R&D expenditures are related to output growth and crop yields, where growth rates have also fallen, especially in the developed countries.(More)
Equity markets are increasingly seen as important sources of investment funds in many emerging economies. Furthermore, many countries see the development of such markets as a means to facilitate both foreign equity portfolio investment and foreign direct investment (FDI). This may occur through acquisition of shareholdings in domestic companies, which(More)
and especially Gavin McGillivray of DFID for the original suggestion to investigate the relationship between productivity and poverty in this manner. Michael Lipton suggested that we should also look at the effect of industrial productivity growth. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This paper investigates the empirical relationships between agricultural productivity(More)
Islamic finance is a fast-growing sector of the global banking industry, and is based on a range of distinctive financial products that are compliant with shari'ya law. There are many banks that supply Islamic financial products and services around the world, including well-known institutions such as Citigroup, Socié té Gé né rale, HSBC and Lloyds TSB. But(More)
Using bank-level data from India, for six years (1995-96 to 2000-01), we show that while foreign banks have high credit-deposit ratios, the domestic banks experienced much greater improvements in technical efficiency in the context of credit. The most significant improvements in technical efficiency are registered by the domestic de novo banks. There is(More)
This paper examines the effectiveness of six institutional quality measures, namely corruption control, effective government, political stability, regulatory quality, rule of law and voice and accountability, in inhibiting self-rewarding behaviour of boards in terms of their compensation as well as in influencing the likelihood of disclosure of individual(More)