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Information Frictions and Firms’ Trading Decisions: Evidence from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

This project will assess, through a randomised control trial, whether providing information about AfCFTA affects firms’ decisions to expand their international operations.

Research Project
1 Apr 2022

Can Electricity Demand Management Drive the Transition to Clean and Affordable Energy in Poor Economies?

This study will examine how Internet-of Things technologies that enable automated electricity demand management can drive the clean energy transition.

Research Project
1 Apr 2022

Production Network Disruptions: Evidence from the Civil- Conflict in Ethiopia

This project aims to quantify the extent of conflict-induced propagations and its effect in the manufacturing establishments in Ethiopia.

Research Project
1 Apr 2022

Do Energy Audit Mandates Work? An Empirical Analysis Using 12-Year Firm-Level Panel Data

This project will explore the impacts of compulsory energy audits on firms in Vietnam.

Research Project
1 Apr 2022

Understanding the Costs of Hiring Women in Pakistan

This project examines whether economic and non-economic integration costs deter firms from hiring women.

Research Project
1 Apr 2022

Understanding the Drought Impact of El Niño on Small-scale Food and Beverages Manufacturing Firms in Ethiopia

In this project, Walelign, Edjigu, and Ayele explore the effects of the extreme drought produced by El Niño on small-scale food and beverage manufacturing firms in Ethiopia.

Research Project
1 Nov 2021

High-Speed Internet, Financial Technology and Banking

This project will exploit a unique natural experiment, the introduction of high-speed internet in Africa, to shed light on the effects of fast internet on banking.

Research Project
1 Oct 2021

Firm Relocation as Environmental Policy: Measurement, and Impacts on Agglomeration and the Environment

This project will examine the trade-offs between environmental policy goals (chiefly pollution reduction in high population density areas) and firm outcomes related to agglomeration.

Research Project
1 Sep 2021

The Local Effects of Foreign Direct Investment

This project will examine whether and how FDI affects local labour markets and living conditions.

Research Project
1 Jul 2021

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