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.

As a lack of information on worker and jobseeker skills may contribute to low firm productivity, this study aims to directly measure the consequences of improving information to employers about potential workers through twin randomized controlled trials. 
Researchers: Robert Garlick, Kate Orkin, Neil Rankin
Grants Round: 16th Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
A field experiment to fit Kenyan minibuses with GPS fleet management technology will provide information about the effect of monitoring on market frictions and negative externalities due to driver behaviour. 
Researchers: David Schoenholzer
Grants Round: 16th Round
Country: Kenya
High-frequency data collection on a randomized treatment of SMEs will allow the researchers to study enterprise dynamics after a redistributive shock in the form of a cash transfer in rural Kenya. 
Researchers: Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Michael Walker
Grants Round: 16th Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This research explores the factors that affect the pattern of firm entry into different geographic markets in developing countries by focusing on the Indian market for potassium fertilizer. 
Researchers: Beata Itin-Shwarz
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: India
By combining a lab-in-the-field approach and a randomised controlled trial, this study examines the pressure from family and friends to share income as a constraint to microenterprise growth. 
Researchers: Munir Squires
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: Kenya
This project examines the extent to which uncertainty in delivery times along the supply chain affect the efficiency of manufacturing in East Africa.
Researchers: Hannes Malmberg, Kinley Salmon
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
The researchers investigate the dynamics of firm productivity and worker compensation in developing economies by studying firm-level Brazilian manufacturing data for a period of high economic growth following economic reform.
Researchers: Jorge Alvarez, Christian Moser, Niklas Engbom
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: Brazil
This project aims to quantify deviations from profit-maximizing behaviour and studying the relative importance of factors that influence profits in a consistent setting. 
Researchers: Frank Schilbach, Heather Schofield
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: India
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project aims to estimate the relationship between corporate transparency, firm performance, and business networks in a developing country with a focus on the construction sector supply chain in Uganda. 
Researchers: Emanuele Colonnelli, Francisco Munoz
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: Uganda
This project will develop an integrated firm transaction database for Kenyan firms in order to study firm productivity, entry and exit dynamics into international trade, and switching in product and destination space in response to a changing investment climate.
Researchers: Peter Chacha
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states

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