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Do Worker Non-cognitive Skills Affect Firm Outcomes?

This work will shed light on how much employers value cognitive (e.g. IQ) and non-cognitive (e.g. motivation, perseverance etc.) skills and the extent to which these skills are predictive of future productivity.

Research Project
27 Feb 2017

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya's Public Transport Sector

This project expands a previous intervention that implemented a fleet management system in Kenya’s semi-formal public transport system along three margins: possible negative effects of the tracking system, role of cash incentives in enhancing safety and increasing duration and participation to the pilot.

Research Project
13 Jan 2017

The Cream of the Crop: Identifying High Ability Entrepreneurs through Community Information

This project attempts to utilise community information to identify high-potential entrepreneurs who can transition their micro-enterprises into SMEs.  

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

Agricultural Productivity and Economic Development: Evidence from Brazil

This project attempts to study the effects of the adoption of new agricultural technologies on economic development in Brazil.

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

The Impact of Climate and Pollution on Worker Productivity: Evidence from India

This project seeks to explore the role of management in responding to productivity shocks, within the context of pollution in an Indian garment factory.

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

Transparent Environmental Regulation and Industrial Performance

This project tests whether greater knowledge of pollution data, for regulators and for the public, can make regulation more effective in the Indian energy sector.

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

Contractual Flexibility, Firm Growth, and Information Asymmetries in Microfinance: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh

The central aim of this project is to identify the impact of introducing a flexible loan contract on the credit market.

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

Firm Entry Barriers, Growth Constraints, and Job Creation

This project aims to investigate the importance of financial constraints as a barrier to entry and as a barrier to growth.

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

Differentiation, Property Rights, and the Performance of Microentrepreneurs

This project aims to develop a research programme that investigates the role of innovation in micro-enterprises’ marketing practices in driving performance.

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

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