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Kinship Pressure and Employee Selection

This project will evaluate whether kinship pressure and mutual insurance arrangements contribute to the hiring of family members in microenterprises in Zambia.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

The Impact of Social Norms and Household Dynamics on Female-owned Enterprises

This project seeks to understand whether social norms related to household and childcare responsibilities constrain women’s businesses.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

Firm Culture: Can Information Interventions Reduce Gender Gaps in Online Labour Markets?

This project will examine the matching behaviour of job applicants and firms, and the role of ICT in easing frictions and gender gaps, using evidence from the largest online hiring platform in Nigeria.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

Employee-Employer Database Construction, Firm-Productivity and Labour Market Inequality: Evidence from Developing Countries

This project creates a novel dataset matching employers and employees in Senegal to explore determinants of productivity and how it varies between industries and regions, sorting between workers and firms, and how firm productivity and other factors determine wage gaps.

Research Project
1 Dec 2020

Financing Virtual Migration: Incubation and Income Sharing in North Bangladesh

This project investigates the potential for financing 'virtual migration' by training rural youth in Bangladesh to become online freelancers, enabling them to export their labour services to a global online marketplace.

Research Project
1 Dec 2020

Misallocation and Network Externalities in Inefficient Economies

This project exploits an arguably exogenous shock to the allocation of coal mines in India to study the spillovers of misallocation in an upstream sector through the rest of the economy.

Research Project
1 Nov 2020

The Paradox of Search Frictions in Online Labour Markets

Through experiments with a freelancing platform in South Asia, this project will investigate whether introducing small application costs that vary in size and content attracts workers with better “job fit” and improves productivity.

Research Project
1 Nov 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

Market Access and Quality Upgrading: Evidence from a Randomised Experiment in the Coffee Sector in Uganda

This project will examine whether quality-upgrading incentives and access to a buyer willing to pay a premium for high-quality products can raise profits and welfare in Uganda.

Research Project
1 Oct 2020

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