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A CEPR / DFID Research Initiative

PEDL Scientific Committee’s selected two successful projects proposed by brilliant PhD students. Click on the title to find out who they are and which research idea secured them the funding.
The warmest congratulations to Dave Donaldson on winning the John Bates-Clark Medal. Please click on the title for more information on the prize and his PEDL project.
Insightful commentary, analysis, and evidence to bear on policy questions and challenges in a format that is accessible to both specialist and non-specialist audiences in development.
The last ERG call attracted a surprising number of high quality proposals that made the call the most competitive to date. Please click on the title to have an overview of the projects that are now about to get off the ground.
By collecting new data on a sample of Nigerian importers, this project shows how frequent, costly travel by Nigerian traders to meet with suppliers abroad is symptomatic of underlying information problems.

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, 92 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 LICs and other eligible countries as defined by the PEDL programme. For more information on our grants, please see our Funding page.