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 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
This project aims to bring a firm-level dataset collected by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) in Swaziland to the broader research domain, to standardize the data series over time and provide documentation to allow for the use of this data by a larger community of researchers.
Researchers: Samuel Mhlanga
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country:
This project looks, on the one hand, at the effect of charity donations to terrorist organizations on attacks, and on the other at how firms adjust their lending and investment decisions in presence of increased uncertainty.
Researchers: Nicola Limodio
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: Pakistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
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

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