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 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
How do Special Economic Zones (SEZs) impact domestic firms' outcomes in low-income countries? This project aims to answer this question looking at the case of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Researchers: Margaret McMillan, Brian McCaig
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: Multiple
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project takes aggregate models in which economic development is linked to knowledge diffusion, and proves theoretically that critical diffusion parameters can be identified with a properly designed RCT.
Researchers: Kevin Donovan, Wyatt Brooks, Kyle Herkenhoff
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country:
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
Can local firms boost their productivity by supplying to multinational firms? This project tries to answer this question using a novel, administrative dataset from Costa Rica.
Researchers: Isabela Manelici, Jose Pablo Vasquez Carvajal
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: Costa Rica

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