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 detailed study of the Indian brick industry allows for reliable estimates of firm productivity, disentangling competing explanations of variations in revenue and output across firms such as capital misallocation, market power, and adjustment costs.
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Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: India
In countries with weakly institutionalized legal environments, private contract enforcement mechanisms arise to facilitate trade. This project focuses on cheating in business and the interaction between private contract enforcement and public legal institutions. 
Researchers:
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Nigeria
This project examines price-setting behavior in Lesotho to understand pricing and market segmentation in low-income countries characterized by frictions preventing price arbitrage, such as weak infrastructure, poor distribution networks, and 'thin' markets. 
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Lesotho
The research team constructs a database on cartels in developing countries to carry out a quantitative assessment of the economic effects of cartels on growth, which will inform regulators on the potential for competition law enforcement to contribute to economic development. 
Researchers:
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Multiple
This project examines potential switching costs for borrowers of formal credit and the impact of these costs on the competitiveness of the lending market.
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Zambia
This study examines the impact of market access on investment in quality by bean farmers in Uganda.
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Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Uganda
By analyzing small-scale enterprises in Egypt's carpet industry, this project disentangles causal effects of exporting on productivity and welfare measures, as well as analyzes the firm-specific factors that contribute to export success.
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Egypt
This project begins the initial work into creating a feasible pilot internship program for young Ethiopians, in order to study the impact of training in entrepreneurial skills and improved business networks on the emergence and growth of new firms in developing countries. 
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project studies the effect of productivity growth in agriculture through the adoption of a new technology, genetically modified soybean seeds, on industrial development in Brazil.
Researchers:
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Brazil
The research team considers the ability of mobile salary payments in Afghanistan to mitigate constraints on workers and businesses such as weak security, reliability, and efficiency by examining the deployment of a service that allows Afghan firms to pay salaries directly to employees' mobile phones.
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Afghanistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states

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