A CEPR / DFID Research Initiative

Exploring the impact of supply chain risk in Sub-Saharan Africa, this project shows how business actors confronted with unreliable supply chains specialize into producing less complex goods.
In contrast to commonly articulated views, this study finds that Brazil's inequality decline was driven by a compression of pay differences between firms, rather than by changes in the distribution of firm productivity.
On 14-15 March 2016, PEDL hosted its third conference. The event took place in London and brought together over 40 PEDL grantees who presented and discussed their research on firms and markets in LICs.
High temperatures have a strong negative effect on worker productivity. Adopting LED lighting, which emits less heat than conventional bulbs, not only reduces energy costs, but also produces significant productivity gains
A randomized controlled trial shows that inducing knowledge sharing among garment workers in Bangladeshi factories increases firm level productivity, and provides novel experimental evidence for role of organizational learning.

Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) is a joint research initiative of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Department For International Development (DFID). It offers a competitive research grants scheme for projects related to the behaviour of firms in Low-Income Countries (LICs) that aim to better understand what determines the strength of market forces driving efficiency in these countries.

Since the launch of the initiative in December 2011, 80 Exploratory Grants, 29 Major Grants and 41 Special Exploratory Grants have been awarded, ranging from business transformation in low-income countries to market incentives and efficiency.

An important criterion for funding of grant proposals is their relevance to policy in Low-Income Countries (LICs) and other eligible countries as defined by the PEDL programme. For more information on our grants, please see our Funding page.