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Exploratory Research Grant Projects

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From informal to formal high growth ventures

This exploratory research aims to investigate and identify outcomes and growth of incubators in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Uganda.

Research Project
12 Apr 2016

Female entrepreneurship and the burden of house work: a randomised experiment on the role of access to light

Building on a large randomized controlled trial in Kenya, this project evaluates the impact of providing solar lamps on women’s time use and economic activities.

Research Project
19 Mar 2016

Rural Market Deregulation: Evidence from Indian Agriculture

This project explores the effects of an important deregulation reform in the agricultural marketing sector in India, which allowed private marketing channels to farmers previously limited to the government markets.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Improving Entrepreneurs’ Access to Information: A Randomised Controlled Trial on Marketing and Financial Information for Small Firm Owners in Rwanda

This research seeks to address a significant constraint to growth among private enterprises in low income countries: access to business information.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Urban SMEs in LICs: New Evidence on Firm Characteristics, Formalization, and Turnover from Bangladesh

This project aims to address common limitations to data sources surrounding informal and unofficial firms using novel data from Bangladesh, shedding new light on firm formalization and business activity in developing countries.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Misallocation in the Market for Inputs

This project aims to study how slow legal enforcement due to congestion of the courts shapes the organization of production, and to quantify the importance of these frictions for productivity.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Equity-based Microfinance Contracts for Microenterprises in Pakistan

This randomized controlled trial explores the feasibility and evaluates the impact of equity-based microfinancing for microenterprises in Pakistan.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Tax Compliance and Private Sector Development in the Kyrgyz Republic

This randomized controlled trial will evaluate the impact of three different mechanisms aimed at improving regulatory transparency in business tax collection and reducing corruption in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Understanding Regulatory Cost and Effectiveness: Evidence from India

Focusing on the Environmental Clearance law in India, this project aims to build a series of unique datasets in order to shed light on the effects of regulatory costs on the private sector.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

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