On December 12-13, PEDL hosted a conference on ‘firms and development’ jointly with the IPA SME Initiative. Many ERG and MRG grantees attended and presented their projects - whether they have reached completion and produced papers or their studies are in the early stages. The conference took place at the British Academy in London.
This workshop brought together organizational economists and development economists to discuss productivity within and between firms (such as in supply chains) in low-income economies. The workshop was part presentations and part brainstorming. Most of the presentations distilled frameworks from organizational economics that have proven useful in studying productivity within and between firms in high-income economies—such as formal and relational contracting, as well as information, communication and decision-making within firms.
Our first Special Call for Exploratory Grant Proposals from PhD students, which closed in July 2013, received just under 50 applications. The average quality was very high. 10 proposals were selected for funding. You can now view their project profile pages by clicking on the links below: