Assessing the Impact of Regulations on the Efficiency of Agricultural Markets
I did my summer internship with the of the Food and Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank Group. I focused on the Enabling Business for Agriculture (EBA) study that collects data on the policies that affect farmers. EBA indicators assess whether the governments of countries make it easier or harder for farmers to operate their businesses. With globally comparable data on regulations covering a variety of agricultural inputs and relevant markets, the EBA data shows discrepancies across countries based on the strength and efficiency of their regulations. My main work involved conducting research and analysis to assess how the EBA scores were associated with the broader macroeconomic indicators of the countries and producing knowledge dissemination materials based on the EBA findings. A major focus of EBA is on attempting to involve private sector actors with the key agricultural input markets, which resonated strongly with the Social Innovation and Global Development (SIGD) certification that I am doing at GHD. The quantitative skills taught in some of our GHD courses were particularly valuable for the quantitative analysis.