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 investigation aims to provide evidence on the effect of credit contract terms on nascent firms' use of inputs, profits, and repayment performance through a rigorous pilot survey.
Researchers: Andreas Madestam, Selim Gulesci
Grants Round: 4th Round
Country: Uganda
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
The research team built a unique data set on Afghani households to study the causal relationship between conflict and private enterprise, in particular entrepreneurship, in conflict-affected areas.
Researchers: Tommaso Ciarli, Carlo Menon
Grants Round: 3rd Round
Country: Afghanistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
This project aims to analyze job creation and destruction in private enterprises in South Africa since 2005, and also explores electronic archives to find historic data on firm dynamics from the 1960s onwards, providing fascinating insights into job creation in the face of massive unemployment.
Researchers: Andrew Kerr, Martin Wittenberg
Grants Round: 3rd Round
Country: South Africa
This case study of the cross-border investment of female entrepreneurs in the East African Community region aims to assess the impact of regional integration on the expansion of female-run enterprises and identify constraints on the growth of these enterprises.
Researchers: Rebecca Namatovu, Samuel Dawa
Grants Round: 3rd Round
Country: Uganda
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
In post-conflict settings, credit constraints and risk are often prevalent and binding. This project uses an experiment to estimate the competing effects of credit constraints and risk of retail firms at the end of commodity supply chains in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Researchers: Tarek Ghani, Tristan Reed
Grants Round: 3rd Round
Country: Sierra Leone
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
Using one treatment to reduce the costs of registration for firms and one to emphasize the legal costs of informality, this project seeks to identify specific policy interventions designed to induce the formalization of firms. 
Researchers: Giacomo de Giorgi
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Bangladesh
This project evaluates the impact of highway construction in India on different aspects of economic activity, such as firm productivity and allocative efficiency, and thus the impact of public infrastructure on the entry of new firms into the manufacturing sector. 
Researchers: William Kerr, Arti Grover
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: India
The research identifies which Haitian institutions contribute to underdevelopment by limiting access to international trade, and aims to study how these restrictions affect the distribution of gains from trade throughout Haitian society.
Researchers: Suresh Naidu, James Robinson, Lauren Young
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Haiti
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
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.
Researchers: Daniel Keniston
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: Shelby Grossman
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Nigeria

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