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Kshirsagar, Varun

Works: 7 works in 10 publications in 1 language and 192 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HG3881.5.W57,
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Most widely held works by Varun Kshirsagar
Sources of Volatility during Four Oil Price Crashes by John Baffes( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Previous sharp oil price declines have been accompanied by elevated ex post volatility. In contrast, volatility was much less elevated during the oil price crash in 2014/15. This paper provides evidence that oil prices declined in a relatively measured manner during 2014/15, with dispersion of price changes that was considerably smaller than comparable oil price declines. This finding is robust to nonparametric and GARCH measures of volatility. Further, the U.S. dollar appreciation exerted a strong influence on volatility during the recent crash; in contrast, the impact of shocks on equity markets was muted
What drives local food prices? : evidence from the Tanzanian maize market by John Baffes( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study quantifies the relationship between Tanzanian and external maize markets while also accounting for domestic influences. It concludes that external influences on domestic prices originate from regional, rather than global, markets. It also shows that, compared to external factors, domestic factors exert a greater influence on Tanzanian maize markets. Further, the mechanisms through which trade policies influence maize markets involve interactions with both external market shocks and domestic weather shocks. Overall, it provides evidence that the intermittent imposition of export bans in Tanzania has had adverse impacts on its maize markets, and consequently, on the development of its agrarian economy
Agriculture for Inclusive Growth in Uganda by Serhiĭ Zori︠a︡( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agriculture is critical for sustainable development and poverty reduction, and agricultural growth can be a powerful means for inclusive growth. Uganda's success in using agriculture for development and inclusive growth will depend on a variety of factors, some of which are within the sector, some are cross-cutting and general to the economy, and some are outside Uganda's sphere of influence, such as the global and regional price development of agricultural commodities. This policy note focuses on those factors that Ugandan policymakers can influence, both within and outside the direct mandate of agricultural policymakers. The key policy question in the Ugandan context is how to shift as many farmers as possible out of subsistence agriculture into commercial agriculture. During the past two decades, a diverse array of initiatives has promoted the commercialization of smallholder agriculture in Uganda. This policy note presents major interventions needed to accelerate agricultural commercialization. This policy note is part of the larger analytical work carried out by the World Bank on inclusive growth in Uganda. It therefore feeds into that larger effort. This note does not deal with migration from rural to urban areas because that topic is covered in other notes
Globalization, technological change and industrial consolidation by Varun Kshirsagar( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment, Intra-Industry Trade
Sources of Volatility during Four Oil Price Crashes by Baffes( )

1 edition published in 2015 in Undetermined and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptive safety nets for rural Africa drought-sensitive targeting with sparse data by Javier E Baez( )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper combines remote-sensed data and individual child-, mother-, and household-level data from the Demographic and Health Surveys for five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) to design a prototype drought-contingent targeting framework that may be used in scarce-data contexts. To accomplish this, the paper: (i) develops simple and easy-to-communicate measures of drought shocks; (ii) shows that droughts have a large impact on child stunting in these five countries-comparable, in size, to the effects of mother's illiteracy and a fall to a lower wealth quintile; and (iii) shows that, in this context, decision trees and logistic regressions predict stunting as accurately (out-of-sample) as machine learning methods that are not interpretable. Taken together, the analysis lends support to the idea that a data-driven approach may contribute to the design of policies that mitigate the impact of climate change on the world's most vulnerable populations
Weather and international price shocks on food prices in the developing world( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Highlights: We model the impact of weather disturbances on local food affordability. Food prices from 554 local markets in 51 countries from 2008 and 2012 were examined. Almost 20% of local market prices were affected by domestic weather disturbances. The impact of international commodity prices on food affordability was also examined. Abstract: In the context of a changing climate, there is an urgent need to better understand the impact that weather disturbances have on food affordability in the developing world. While the influence of international markets on local food markets has received considerable attention, in contrast, the potential influence of weather disturbances on local food markets has received much less attention. In fact, local weather disturbances may have an adverse impact on the poorest households in developing countries. Here we quantify the short-run impact of both weather disturbances as well as international price changes on monthly food prices across 554 local commodity markets in 51 countries during the period between 2008 and 2012. We find that almost 20% of local market prices were affected by domestic weather disturbances in the short run, 9% by international price changes and 4% by both domestic weather disturbances and international price changes during the period. An improved understanding of the magnitude and relative importance of weather disturbances and international price changes on rural economies will inform public policies that are designed to mitigate the impact of adverse weather disturbances
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