New project to explore productivity in Ethiopia's industrial parks

16 October, 2017

A new project led by Dr Stefano Caria will trial interventions aimed at boosting worker productivity in one of Ethiopia's new industrial parks.

The project, Understanding Industrial Parks, is funded by the International Growth Centre

Ethiopia has recently launched an ambitious program of industrialisation. This fast-growing, densely populated country hopes to attract foreign investment in its brand-new industrial parks by offering a large workforce, competitive wages, cheap electricity and good infrastructure.

Several garment factories have already started production in the industrial park of Hawassa, in the south of the country. However, despite the initial enthusiasm, many companies that operate in the park have not yet reached the productivity levels that would make their investment sustainable.

In this project, the researchers will design and evaluate interventions aimed at boosting worker productivity in the industrial park of Hawassa. This evidence will inform industrial policy in Ethiopia and in other countries that are currently looking to emulate Ethiopia’s experiment with industrialisation.

Read a BBC News story on the Hawassa industrial park.