Exploratory Research Grant Projects

Exploratory Research Grants are awarded to successful applicants every two months. Projects are chosen based on scientific merit, methodological rigour and policy relevance.

This project focuses on releasing key data on Ghanaian firms into the public domain.
Researchers: Andrew Kerr
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Ghana
This project considers an innovative new microfinance product, based on the principles of equity financing, in which promising potential entrepreneurs are provided with capital, training and mentorship to help them become online freelancers.
Researchers: Abu Shonchoy, Simon Quinn, Muhammad Meki, Mehrab Bakhtiar
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
The project seeks to further our understanding of the effects of industrialization initiatives on rural communities in developing countries.
Researchers: Morgan Hardy, Kevin Croke, Christian Johannes Meyer
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project uses a field experiment in Kenya to understand the effect of consumer-side discrimination on individual and aggregate-worker productivities.
Researchers: Matthew Pecenco, Erin Kelley, Edward Rubin
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project aims at solving an economic long standing debate over the effects of environmental regulation on firms’ performance.
Researchers: Guojun He, Bing Zhang
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: China
The project explores whether business can be encouraged to form horizontal linkages and collaborate on higher quality production through the offer of an opportunity to be part of a vertical linkage in Zambia.
Researchers: Nava Ashraf, Edward Glaeser, Alexia Delfino
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Country: Zambia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
Exploiting an on-going experiment, this project attempts to assess the role of cultural barriers within the household in hindering female’s career advancement and whether women taking up low-level managerial positions can reduce them.
Researchers: Hannah Uckat
Grants Round: 22nd Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
The goal of this project is to study and understand the inefficiencies of the transport sector in Liberia, and give policymakers the tools to tackle them.
Researchers: Golvine de Rochambeau
Grants Round: 22nd Round
Country: Liberia
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
This project investigates the existence of a ‘market for lemons’, i.e. markets sell only low quality products since sellers are not able to signal high quality products to consumers, for agro-inputs in rural Kenya.
Researchers: Emilia Tjernström, Travis Lybbert
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Kenya

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