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The Value of Formalization for Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Contexts - A Review and Research Agenda

This synthesis review looks to extend the theoretical approaches to explaining the value of formalisation, with an emphasis on women in the informal sector.

Research Project
1 Sep 2015

The Productivity Impact of Contract Work in India: An Establishment Level Structural Approach

This project empirically tests whether contract labour brings about more economic costs than benefits and therefore should be banned, or should regulations such as the Contract Labour Act of India spell out the terms that should govern labour subcontracting in terms of wages, working conditions, and benefits.

Research Project
7 Aug 2015

Growth Effects of Financial Deepening: Evidence from China

This project directly addresses the research gap on the financial constraints of SMEs by evaluating the impact of a new loan product, designed specifically for SMEs, on firm growth in China.

Research Project
7 Aug 2015

Optimizing network referrals to identify and recruit creditworthy entrepreneurs

This project aims to shed light on whether referrals programs focused around ‘central’ village individuals could improve the loan selection mechanisms, through referrals to microfinance initiatives.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

Trade Credit Information Sharing among SMEs in Kenya

Through a field experiment, this project tries to assess whether providing the infrastructure for information sharing among lenders and borrowers improves credit market efficiency, between SMEs and their suppliers in Kenya.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

Transport and Recruitment of Female Workers: A Randomised Controlled Trial

This randomised controlled trial evaluates the impact of women-only bus services on the recruitment efforts of small firms and on women’s labor market participation in Lahore, Pakistan.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

Understanding the Employment Preferences of Low-Skilled Labor in India

This project attempts to capture candidates’ backgrounds, career aspirations, and post-training decisions to help explain India’s vocational training field and pave the way for further investigation into the field of vocational training. 

Research Project
29 May 2015

The industrial organisation of taxation: Evidence from within the police administration in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This project seeks to collect a novel, in-depth dataset on corruption amongst police officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Research Project
1 May 2015

The Returns to Capital for SMEs: Evidence from India

This project will measure the extent of credit constraints in the SME sector in India while simultaneously evaluating a private-sector led project that provides these firms with better access to credit. 

Research Project
28 Apr 2015

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