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.

The goal of this project is to study and understand the inefficiencies of the transport sector in Liberia, and give policymakers the tools to tackle them.
Researchers: Golvine de Rochambeau
Grants Round: 22nd Round
Country: Liberia
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
This project investigates the existence of a ‘market for lemons’, i.e. markets sell only low quality products since sellers are not able to signal high quality products to consumers, for agro-inputs in rural Kenya.
Researchers: Emilia Tjernström, Travis Lybbert
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Kenya
This project uses a randomized controlled experiment to test the role of behavioural factors in the high take-up rates and subsequent high repayments for asset-collateralized loans.
Researchers: Gautam Rao, Michael Kremer
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
How important is to have a good supplier for the success of a firm? This project based in China will shed some light on the role that the supply side of the economy plays on firm performance.
Researchers: Adam Szeidl, Jing Cai
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: China
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
The key purpose of this project is to measure management practices, undertake a rigorous empirical analysis of management-performance relationship, and investigate the determinants of management practices in manufacturing establishments in previously inaccessible provinces of Pakistan.
Researchers: Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Pakistan
This projects studies the impact of globalization on employment and wages focusing on the relationship between both importing and exporting and employment volatility in Rwanda.
Researchers: Garth Frazer
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Rwanda
How do citizens react to political connections when the rule of law is weak? This project estimates the impact of political connections on trust in economic exchange in Senegal and, when exchange occurs, it explores whether buyers prefer formal or informal contracts.
Researchers: Abhit Bhandari
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Senegal
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This projects studies the impact of FDI and multinational firms’ entry on domestic firms’ productivity in Costa Rica.
Researchers: Isabela Manelici, Jose Pablo Vasquez Carvajal
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: Costa Rica
This work will shed light on how much employers value cognitive (e.g. IQ) and non-cognitive (e.g. motivation, perseverance etc.) skills and the extent to which these skills are predictive of future productivity.
Researchers: Kate Orkin, Laura Poswell, Lukas Hensel, Laurel Beth Wheeler
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project expands a previous intervention that implemented a fleet management system in Kenya’s semi-formal public transport system along three margins: possible negative effects of the tracking system, role of cash incentives in enhancing safety and increasing duration and participation to the pilot.
Researchers: David Schoenholzer, Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane, Peter Waiganjo Wagacha
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: Kenya

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