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The Local Advantage: Corruption, Organised Crime, and Indigenisation in the Nigerian Oil Sector

This project asks whether political affiliations enable local firms to outperform multinationals in corrupt natural resource sectors.

Research Project
1 Oct 2020

Pollution, Productivity and Willingness to Pay for Clean Air

This project will randomly allocate air purifiers among small-scale textile firms in Bangladesh to estimate the effect of air pollution on worker productivity as well as willingness to pay for defensive investments that help reduce exposure to air pollution.

Research Project
1 Oct 2020

The Impact of Factory Housing on Worker Productivity and Welfare

This project seeks to understand how the provision of factory housing and the development of social networks in the workplace can improve worker productivity, retention rates and welfare in Ethiopia.

Research Project
1 Oct 2020

Professional Networks and Female Entrepreneurship

This project will conduct a field experiment in Ghana to investigate the effect of an exogenous expansion of female professional networks on firm performance and well-being of female entrepreneurs.

Research Project
1 Sep 2020

Evaluating and Enhancing The Impact of Business Incubators in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

This project seeks to understand in the context of Nigeria whether business incubators in developing countries achieve their desired impact and what can be done to intensify their impact.

Research Project
1 Sep 2020

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Small-scale Manufacturing Establishments in Ethiopia

This project will examine the effect of COVID-19 on small-scale manufacturing establishments in Ethiopia.

Research Project
3 Jul 2020

Engaging the Private Sector in the Refugee Crises: Evidence from Uganda

Through an RCT, this project will test mechanisms to alleviate frictions relating to the economic integration of forced migrants.

Research Project
1 Jul 2020

COVID-19-Induced Cash Flow Constraints and the Burden of Taxation: A Study with the Kenya Revenue Authority

This project will study the effect of the coronavirus crisis on formal economic activity and tax collection in Kenya, evaluate the impact of changes to tax policy in reaction to it and explore low-cost interventions that could encourage tax compliance.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Monitoring and Accountability for Public Service Delivery: A Study of Electricity Reliability to Health Services Providers in Rural Kenya

This project evaluates the effects of greater public awareness on electricity reliability to health services providers in Kenya.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

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