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Leveraging Custom Hire Markets for Increasing Scale and Productivity

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.

Research Project
27 Mar 2019

Quality Upgrading and Competition: Theory and Evidence from Uganda's Coffee Sector

This project studies how market structure affects incentives for quality upgrading along developing
country value chains.

Research Project
27 Mar 2019

Formal Hiring Practices, Firm Growth, and Inclusive Labour Markets

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.

Research Project
20 Mar 2019

Understanding Productivity Dispersion

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.

Research Project
10 Dec 2018

Electricity Reliability and Small Business Performance: Evidence from Pakistan

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.

Research Project
22 Nov 2018

Menstrual Health and Worker Productivity in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector

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.

Research Project
22 Nov 2018

Business-to-Business Information Sharing and the Foundations of Reputational Motives for Contract Compliance

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.

Research Project
21 Nov 2018

Can Online Marketplaces Reduce Barriers to Growth for Small Firms?

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.

Research Project
20 Nov 2018

Human Resource Management in Armed Organizations

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.

Research Project
20 Nov 2018

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