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 uses a randomized controlled experiment to test the role of behavioural factors in the high take-up rates and subsequent high repayments for asset-collateralized loans.
Researchers: Gautam Rao, Michael Kremer
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
How important is to have a good supplier for the success of a firm? This project based in China will shed some light on the role that the supply side of the economy plays on firm performance.
Researchers: Adam Szeidl, Jing Cai
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: China
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
The key purpose of this project is to measure management practices, undertake a rigorous empirical analysis of management-performance relationship, and investigate the determinants of management practices in manufacturing establishments in previously inaccessible provinces of Pakistan.
Researchers: Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Pakistan
This projects studies the impact of globalization on employment and wages focusing on the relationship between both importing and exporting and employment volatility in Rwanda.
Researchers: Garth Frazer
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Rwanda
How do citizens react to political connections when the rule of law is weak? This project estimates the impact of political connections on trust in economic exchange in Senegal and, when exchange occurs, it explores whether buyers prefer formal or informal contracts.
Researchers: Abhit Bhandari
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Senegal
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This projects studies the impact of FDI and multinational firms’ entry on domestic firms’ productivity in Costa Rica.
Researchers: Isabela Manelici, Jose Pablo Vasquez Carvajal
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Costa Rica
This work will shed light on how much employers value cognitive (e.g. IQ) and non-cognitive (e.g. motivation, perseverance etc.) skills and the extent to which these skills are predictive of future productivity.
Researchers: Kate Orkin, Laura Poswell, Lukas Hensel, Laurel Beth Wheeler
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project expands a previous intervention that implemented a fleet management system in Kenya’s semi-formal public transport system along three margins: possible negative effects of the tracking system, role of cash incentives in enhancing safety and increasing duration and participation to the pilot.
Researchers: David Schoenholzer, Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane, Peter Waiganjo Wagacha
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: Kenya
This project attempts to utilise community information to identify high-potential entrepreneurs who can transition their micro-enterprises into SMEs.  
Researchers: Natalia Rigol, Reshmaan Hussam, Benjamin Roth
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: India
This project attempts to study the effects of the adoption of new agricultural technologies on economic development in Brazil.
Researchers: Paula Bustos
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: Brazil

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