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Macroeconomic and distributional impacts of jatropha-based biodiesel in Mali (English)

Mali, a landlocked West African nation at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, has introduced a program to produce biodiesel using jatropha curcas, a non-edible shrub widely available throughout the country by farmers for generations as a living fence for their gardens. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6500 JUN 01, 2013

Boccanfuso, Dorothee; Coulibaly, Massa; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Savard, Luc Disclosed

An economic model of Brazil's ethanol-sugar markets and impacts of fuel policies (English)

The lack of growth in the Brazilian sugarcane-ethanol complex since the 2008 financial crisis has been blamed on policies: lower mandate, holding gasoline prices below world levels, high fuel taxes, and inadequate fuel tax exemptions for ethanol. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6524 JUN 01, 2013

de Gorter, Harry; Drabik, Dusan; Kliauga, Erika M.; Timilsina, Govinda R. Disclosed

Are biofuels economically competitive with their petroleum counterparts ?production cost analysis for Zambia (English)

With increased global interest in biofuels, Zambia, a Sub-Saharan African country that entirely depends on imports for its petroleum supply, is planning to implement blending mandates for biofuels. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6499 JUN 01, 2013

Sinkala, Thomson; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Ekanayake, Indira J. Disclosed

How much does an increase in oil prices affect the global economy ? some insights from a general equilibrium analysis (English)

A global computable general equilibrium model is used to analyze the economic impacts of rising oil prices with endogenously determined availability of biofuels to mitigate those impacts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6515 JUN 01, 2013

Timilsina, Govinda R. Disclosed

Should Zambia produce biodiesel from soybeans ? some insights from an empirical analysis (English)

Facing a huge fiscal burden due to imports of entire petroleum despite the availability of a surplus of agricultural land to produce biofuels, Zambia, a country in Sub-Saharan Africa, has recently introduced a biofuel mandate. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6498 JUN 01, 2013

de Gorter, Harry; Drabik, Dusan; Timilsina, Govinda R. Disclosed

The effect of biodiesel policies on world oilseed markets and developing countries (English)

Using an empirical model, this study provides some insights into the functioning of the oilseed-biodiesel-diesel market complex in a large country that determines the biodiesel price, reflecting market equilibrium changes resulting from volatility in the crude oil price. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6453 MAY 01, 2013

de Gorter, Harry; Drabik, Dusan; Timilsina, Govinda R. Disclosed

Development of biofuels in China : technologies, economics and policies (English)

China promulgated the Medium and Long-Term Development Plan for Renewable Energy in 2007, which included targets of 2010 and 2020 for various renewable energy technologies including biofuels. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6243 OCT 01, 2012

Chang, Shiyan; Timilsina,Govinda R.; Xiliang,Zhang; Zhao, Lili Disclosed

Potential gains and losses of Biofuel production in Argentina: a computable general equilibrium analysis (English)

Argentina is one of the world's largest biodiesel producers and the largest exporter, using soybeans as feedstock. Using a computable general equilibrium model that explicitly represents the biofuel industry, this study carries out several simulations on two sets of issues: (i) international markets for biofuel and feedstock, such as an increase in prices of soybean, soybean oil, and biodiesel, and (ii) domestic policies related to biofuels, such as an introduction of biofuel mandates. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6124 JUL 01, 2012

Chisari, Omar O.; Romero, Carlos A.; Timilsina, Govinda Disclosed