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 considers financial constraints as barriers to entry and growth and examines whether easing these constraints can induce entry of more dynamic start-ups with greater long-run growth potential than by removing explicit entry barriers. 
Grants Round: 11th round
Country: Brazil
Focusing on Bangladeshi Ready Made Garment factories, this project provides micro-evidence of on-the-job learning between co-workers and aims to identify the conditions under which the productivity effects of this on-the-job learning are particularly strong. 
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Grants Round: 11th round
Country: Bangladesh
This project aims to quantify the cost of the business friction involved when matching with trusted partners.
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Grants Round: 11th round
Country: China
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This project aims to better understand productivity dispersion by developing a market-specific measure of the competitive pressure to innovate and exit, and also a comprehensive measure of productivity dispersion, in the retail tyre market in West Africa.
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Grants Round: 11th round
Country: Ghana
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By using a field exeperiment on full-time workers, this study aims to understand the labour market distortions generated by wage compression. 
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Grants Round: 11th round
Country: India
Together with Indian environmental regulators, the research team investigates whether public disclosure of information on industrial emissions and the use of information technology can improve regulatory performance, industrial compliance, and industrial efficiency. 
Grants Round: 11th round
Country: India
This study quantify the effect of high transportation costs on productivity and welfare in India, particularly by examining supply to remote areas and the holders of monopoly power. 
Grants Round: 10th Round
Country: India
This investigation examines the role of transportation infrastructure on entrepreneurial growth and formality in metropolitan cities of India. 
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Grants Round: 10th Round
Country: India
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project investigates the idea that microfinance lending staff hired from outside the borrowing communities are not able to identify borrowers with 'high-growth potential' as reliably as the direct peers of the borrowers. 
Grants Round: 10th Round
Country: Kenya
Under a broader study of the Indian clay brick industry, this project quantifies the extent to which product quality explains differences in productivity and investigates the determinants of firms' choices of quality.
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Grants Round: 10th Round
Country: India

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