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Effects of E-commerce on Suppliers and Clients

This project evaluates the impact of a business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce platform on the industry producing the Chinese writing brush.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Crunch Time: How Bureaucrats' Term of Office Affects Coercive and Collusive Bribes

This project will study whether customs officers affect firms’ bribery costs and trade costs, and how these officers' time horizons and professional relationships operate as mechanisms.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Taming Counterfeit Markets with Consumer Information

This project uses an RCT to study two interventions that may address market frictions caused by information asymmetry in the context of markets for maize and bean seeds.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

E-Bookkeeping: Measuring Small Firm Behaviour

This project assesses whether more accurate record-keeping by small-business owners enables them to improve their business practices and whether providing complementary business advice can aid adoption of record-keeping.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Political Connections and Access to Private-Sector Growth: Evidence from an Audit Experiment in Senegal

This project examines whether political and personal connections, as well as co-ethnicity, co-religiosity and gender, affect access to institutions.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

Social Networks and Search Frictions in Day Labour Markets

In South Asia, three quarters of ultra-poor households report casual labour as the dominant form of income. In urban areas, short-term construction jobs are found through social connections or by going to a “labour stand”, essentially an intersection where low-skilled labourers wait each morning for employers looking to hire for a day or two.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

Why Do Firms in Low-Income Countries Grow Slowly? An Investigation of Demand-Side Mechanisms

This project examines demand-side constraints to the growth of firms in Uganda including search and contracting frictions related to asymmetric information on quality.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

Dispute resolution and microenterprise growth in a 'fragile' state: Evidence from Somalia

This project examines the formal and informal institutions for dispute resolution used by microenterprises in Somalia, how access to them affects business outcomes and whether the provision of female-only saving and loan groups can redress gender imbalances in access to dispute resolution.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

Pricing Decisions and Over-Entry of Delhi Fruit Vendors

This project explores the theory that the lack of price competition between vendors, and the subsequent oversupply of vendors, is caused by collusion and under-experimentation.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

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