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 aims to rigorously identify what type of market arrangements and infrastructure provide the most sustainable environment for agricultural rental markets of equipment to arise, or how the entry of formal rental opportunities impact informal renting arrangements.
Researchers: Julieta Caunedo, Namrata Kala
Grants Round: 27th Round
Country: India
This project studies how market structure affects incentives for quality upgrading along developingcountry value chains.
Researchers: Lauren Falcao, Ameet Morjaria
Grants Round: 27th Round
Country: Uganda
Can firms be encouraged to formalise their hiring process? This project aims to answer this question in the context of Ethiopia, through an RCT that addresses two of the main factors behind the lack of formality.
Researchers: Marc Witte, Lukas Hensel, Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie, Simon Quinn
Grants Round: 27th Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project aims to collect new data from Uganda, in the hope of helping to provide an answer to the question of why some firms produce so much more output per worker than others, in developing countries.
Researchers: Vittorio Bassi, Ritwika Sen, Tommaso Porzio
Grants Round: 24th Round
Country: Uganda
This project seeks to leverage an existing relationship with a large private utility company in Pakistan to rigorously evaluate the effects of energy quality on small business' outcomes.
Researchers: Jacopo Bonan, Giovanna D'Adda, Farah Said, Mahreen Mahmud
Grants Round: 26th Round
Country: Pakistan
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project looks at the effect of providing free sanitary pads to female garment workers in Bangladesh on worker health, well-being, absenteeism and productivity.
Researchers: Andreas Menzel, Martina Miotto, Kristina Czura
Grants Round: 26th Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
When does it make sense for a business that has gained private information about a supplier or customer to share that information, and with whom? This project aims to answer this question in the context of Nigerian traders.
Researchers: Shelby Grossman, Meredith Startz
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: Nigeria
This project asks whether large, semi-coordinated online marketplaces can provide the benefits of expanded market access with much lower costs than foreing trade expansion.
Researchers: Edward Rubin, Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane, Matthew Pecenco
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: Kenya
This project exploits a relationship built by the researcher with a large scale armed organization to examine the causes of voluntary recruitment and the trajectories in the organization of individuals who joined as a response to different shocks.
Researchers: Raul Sanchez de la Sierra
Grants Round: 25th Round
This project relies on a collaboration with a large Kenyan contract farming company to provide an experimental evaluation of the impact of this form of outsourcing on performance, plot productivity and farmers' incomes.
Researchers: Lorenzo Casaburi, Jack Willis
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: Kenya

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