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.

By analysing data collected on micro-firms created or supported by the Nepali government, the researcher examines the determinants of micro-enterprise performance in Nepal. 
Researchers: Ajay Thapa
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Nepal
This project assesses the impact of management practices on private hopsital efficiency and performance across Nepal.  
Researchers: Shiva Raj Adhikari
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Nepal
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
The researchers study the impact of corruption on incentives to innovate and private enterprise growth in an environment where bribery wins government contracts, leading to an inefficient market outcome.
Researchers: Denis Akouwerabu
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Burkina Faso
This project aims to bring micro-data collected by statistical agencies in Ghana and Swaziland into the research domain, to standardise the data series over time and to provide supporting documentation to allow for the use of this data by the broader research community.
Researchers: Neil Rankin, Francis Teal, Justin Sandefur, Samuel Mhlanga
Grants Round: 9th Round
Country: Multiple
This is a randomized impact evaluation of soft skills training on female worker attrition and productivity, as well as on firm revenue, profits, and productivity in the Indian garment sector.
Researchers: Anant Nyshadham, A​chyuta Adhvaryu
Grants Round: 9th Round
Country: India
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
By hiring traders to make credible output bids to treatment and control firms, the researchers are able to collect accurate price data that allows them to test whether newly more energy-efficient firms reduce output prices.
Researchers: Nick Ryan
Grants Round: 9th Round
Country: India
Through a field experiment on micro food retailers in Cairo, the research team investigates the importance of innovation in marketing practices for scaling and improving businesses.
Researchers: Rajesh Chandy, Jaideep Prabhu, Magda Hassan, Om Narasimhan
Grants Round: 8th Round
Country: Egypt
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
Exploiting a set of tax reforms in Brazil, the author examines the impact of taxes levied at every stage of production on a firm's decision to integrate vertically, its investment, and its productivity.
Researchers: Bruno Caprettini
Grants Round: 8th Round
Country: Brazil
Through a field experiment at a Liberian factory, the researchers explore the impact of employer discrimination based on easily observable characteristics, rather than assessments of on-the-job productivity, on job allocation, firm productivity, and career effects of job procurement.
Researchers: Jonas Hjort, Tarek Ghani
Grants Round: 7th Round
Country: Liberia
As many developing countries see dozens of nearly identical micro-entrepreneurs and products concentrated in the same areas, this project tests for the existence of social institutions that pressure business owners to share total demand and evidence of collusive price-setting behaviour, using a simulated market competition with actual micro-entrepreneurs.
Researchers: Russell Toth
Grants Round: 7th Round
Country: Indonesia
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states

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