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Testing the Effectiveness of Mobile Phone Data Collection for Microenterprises in Africa

This project tests the feasibility and effectiveness of using mobile phones to collect accurate high-frequency data on microenterprise profits and sales relative to conventional face-to-face data collection methods.

Research Project
17 Jun 2014

Returns to Consulting for Women Entrepreneurs

This research identifies the changes in business processes resulting from technical assistance and business skills training to female entrepreneurs in Central Uganda.

Research Project
16 Jun 2014

Innovation in an Emerging Economy: Lessons from Indian Patent Data

This study exploits a set of natural experiments to identify the causal impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on Indian innovative activity, as well as the impact of foreign multinationals' use of IPR protection on Indian firms.

Research Project
15 Jun 2014

Interacting and Sharing the Gains in Buyer-Seller Relationships: Garment in Bangladesh

This project aims to address how gains are appropriated in a trading relationship by estimating the parameters of firms’ cost functions and uncovering their profit-sharing rules. 

Research Project
14 Jun 2014

The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

This project undertakes the first ever randomized evaluation of micro-franchising in Kenya, a policy intervention that connects unemployed young women with businesses through multi-person franchises.

Research Project
13 Jun 2014

Direct and Indirect Impacts of Credit Scoring for Small and Medium Enterprises

This project estimates the spillover effects on competing firms and through the supply chain of an credit intervention with SMEs.

Research Project
13 Jun 2014

Inside the Production Function: the Effect of Financial Contracts on Growing Firms' Technology Use. Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Uganda

This investigation aims to provide evidence on the effect of credit contract terms on nascent firms' use of inputs, profits, and repayment performance through a rigorous pilot survey.

Research Project
12 Jun 2014

The Relation Between Conflict and Private Enterprise Activity in Low-Income Countries

The research team built a unique data set on Afghani households to study the causal relationship between conflict and private enterprise, in particular entrepreneurship, in conflict-affected areas.

Research Project
10 Jun 2014

Exploring Dynamics in South African Firms

This project aims to analyze job creation and destruction in private enterprises in South Africa since 2005, and also explores electronic archives to find historic data on firm dynamics from the 1960s onwards, providing fascinating insights into job creation in the face of massive unemployment.

Research Project
9 Jun 2014

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