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 attempts to provide rigorous evidence on what governments can do to facilitate the transition from low-value added to high-value added exports (product diversification) or entry into new export markets (market diversification).
Researchers: Eric Verhoogen, Giacomo de Giorgi, Aminur Rahman
Grants Round: 24th Round
Country: Tunisia
This project examines the importance of upstream and downstream market access for firm selection and growth in Pakistan’s manufacturing sector.
Researchers: Johannes Boehm, Danial Lashkari, Ezra Oberfield, Salamat Ali
Grants Round: 24th Round
Country: Pakistan
This project investigates the effects of subsidised or free disposable menstrual pads on worker’s well-being, health, and productivity.
Researchers: Andreas Menzel, Kristina Czura, Martina Miotto
Grants Round: 24th Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project studies which are the effects of private actors enforcing labour standards in Bangladesh on local firms and workers.
Researchers: Laura Boudreau
Grants Round: 24th Round
Country: Bangladesh
This project uses a unique firm level dataset to investigate the effects of movements in the exchange rates and changes in tariff on the responsiveness of exports and imports.
Researchers: Chrispin Mphuka, Dale Mudenda, Joseph Simumba
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
Country: Zambia
This project studies whether aspirational and soft touch job search skills interventions can contribute towards bridging the supply and demand side in promoting female employment in Pakistan.
Researchers: Hamna Ahmed, Farah Said, Zunia Saif Tirmazee
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
Country: Pakistan
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project seeks to provide stylised facts on the relationship between job reallocation, employment and productivity growth in the Zimbabwean manufacturing sector.
Researchers: Godfrey Kamutando
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
Country: Zimbabwe
This study analyses the relationship between management practices and SMEs performances and the effect of the level of market competitiveness on upgrading management practices.
Researchers: Aristide Sugrinoma Ouédraogo, Soumaila Gansonre
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
Country: Burkina Faso
By exploring the microstructure, this study seeks to address the frictions, inefficiencies and lack of competition of corporate bond markets in Africa.
Researchers: Wycliffe Oluoch
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #3
This project tries to understand bribery’s effect on entrepreneurship, which could help policymakers design interventions to aid the development of new enterprises, thus fostering growth and alleviating poverty.
Researchers: Samuel Leone
Grants Round: 23rd Round
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states

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