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 aims to quantify the cost of the business friction involved when matching with trusted partners.
Researchers: Adam Szeidl, Jing Cai
Grants Round: 11th round
Country: China
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.
Researchers: Gharad Bryan
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. 
Researchers: Supreet Kaur
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. 
Researchers: Rohini Pande, Michael Greenstone, Nick Ryan, Anant Sudarshan
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. 
Researchers: Manuel Garcia-Santana, José Asturias, Scott Petty, Roberto Ramos
Grants Round: 10th Round
Country: India
This investigation examines the role of transportation infrastructure on entrepreneurial growth and formality in metropolitan cities of India. 
Researchers: Sam Asher, Paul Novosad
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. 
Researchers: Simone Schaner, Emily Breza, Chaning Jang
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.
Researchers: Daniel Keniston
Grants Round: 10th Round
Country: India
This study uses the first-hand knowledge from microcredit clients' social networks to identify those entrepreneurs which are likely to be of high ability and earn higher rates of return.  
Researchers: Natalia Rigol, Reshmaan Hussam
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: India
This project examines the case of Zambia's tarriff reforms during the 1990s  and their impact on product and price integration. 
Researchers: Dale Mudenda
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Zambia

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