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 evaluates the impact of mobility restrictions imposed by military occupation on the development of the IT sector in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Researchers: Elisa Giannone, Chiarra Fratto
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #3
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
By collecting new firm-level data from nine countries across Africa and Asia, this project evaluates the impact of the ownership and control structures of firms on their management practices and performance.
Researchers: Daniela Scur, Renata Lemos
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #3
This experiment in a Bangladeshi sweater factory seeks to determine whether providing workers with information on their relative performance can increase their motivation and productivity.
Researchers: Anik Ashraf
Grants Round: 20th Round
Country: Bangladesh
This project aims to collect and analyse the productivity data of female artisans working in a large not-for-profit and semi-formal social business in Bangladesh, thus shedding light on a sector that has been previously underexplored
Researchers: Atonu Rabbani
Grants Round: 20th Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This exploratory research aims to investigate and identify outcomes and growth of incubators in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Uganda.
Researchers: Mikael Samuelsson, Anthony Tibaingana, Ruth Abankwah, Gaofetoge Ntshadi Ganamotse
Grants Round: 20th Round
Building on a large randomized controlled trial in Kenya, this project evaluates the impact of providing solar lamps on women’s time use and economic activities.
Researchers: Fadi Hassan, Paolo Lucchino
Grants Round: 19th Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project explores the effects of an important deregulation reform in the agricultural marketing sector in India, which allowed private marketing channels to farmers previously limited to the government markets.
Researchers: Beáta Itin-Shwarz, Jorge Ale Chilet
Grants Round: 19th Round
Country: India
This research seeks to address a significant constraint to growth among private enterprises in low income countries: access to business information.
Researchers: Pradeep Chintagunta, Naufel Vilcassim, Stephen Anderson-Macdonald
Grants Round: 19th Round
Country: Rwanda
This project aims to address common limitations to data sources surrounding informal and unofficial firms using novel data from Bangladesh, shedding new light on firm formalization and business activity in developing countries.
Researchers: Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Monica Singhal
Grants Round: 19th Round
Country: Bangladesh
This project aims to study how slow legal enforcement due to congestion of the courts shapes the organization of production, and to quantify the importance of these frictions for productivity.
Researchers: Johannes Boehm, Ezra Oberfield
Grants Round: 19th Round
Country: India

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