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 study conducts a two-stage randomized controlled trial involving a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program to examine the impacts of apprenticeship labour inputs on different firm outcomes. 
Researchers: Isaac Mbiti, Morgan Hardy, Jamie McCasland
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Ghana
The research team conducts an impact evaluation of the entreprenant status on formalization in Benin by conducting a randomized controlled trial offering different packages of incentives to informal businesses. 
Researchers: David McKenzie, Najy Benhassine, Massimiliano Santini, Victor Pouliquen
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Benin
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
By creating a theoretical model along with a unique, novel data set, this project sheds light on the relationship between credit and investor partnerships and the resulting level of entrepreneurship.  
Researchers: Xiao Yu Wang, Arun Chandrasekhar
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: India
This project aims to harmonize and make public two innovation surveys of Nigeria from 2007 and 2011 in order to fill a gap in existing African data, and to create a comprehensive picture and research tool for Nigerian industry. 
Researchers: Abiodun Egbetokun
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Nigeria
This experiment investigates the potential of virtual social networks and access to technology in promoting innovative entrepreneurship in Low-Income Countries. 
Researchers: Fernando Vega-Redondo, Cristiana Benedetti, Paolo Pin, Emanuele Colonnelli, Constantine Yannelis
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Ghana
This project seeks to create a database of micro level firm data from Myanmar’s manufacturing sector to promote further research and policy insights. 
Researchers: Nick Bloom, Renata Lemos, Mari Tanaka
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Myanmar
This project analyses management practices in Pakistan to explore whether weak management hinders productivity and innovation, and thus explain the differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and developed countries.
Researchers: Nick Bloom, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Pakistan
The research team has designed a new electronic survey tool to reduce the high levels of measurement error in data on micro-enterprise sales and profits and tests this new approach in a randomized controlled trial among micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana.  
Researchers: Stephen Anderson-Macdonald, Bilal Zia
Grants Round: 12th Round
Country: Ghana
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
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. 
Researchers: Samuel Bazzi, Marc-Andreas Muendler, James Rauch
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. 
Researchers: Andreas Menzel
Grants Round: 11th round
Country: Bangladesh

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