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The Impact of Contract Farming: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

This project relies on a collaboration with a large Kenyan contract farming company to provide an experimental evaluation of the impact of this form of outsourcing on performance, plot productivity and farmers' incomes.

Research Project
20 Nov 2018

Industrial Zones and Domestic Firm Performance in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Vietnam

How do Special Economic Zones (SEZs) impact domestic firms' outcomes in low-income countries? This project aims to answer this question looking at the case of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Research Project
20 Nov 2018

Knowledge Diffusion Among Small Firms: Linking Theory and Data in Kenya

This project takes aggregate models in which economic development is linked to knowledge diffusion, and proves theoretically that critical diffusion parameters can be identified with a properly designed RCT.

Research Project
19 Nov 2018

Multinational and Economic Development

Can local firms boost their productivity by supplying to multinational firms? This project tries to answer this question using a novel, administrative dataset from Costa Rica.

Research Project
19 Nov 2018

Making Forgotten Firm Data Available for Research in Swaziland

This project aims to bring a firm-level dataset collected by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) in Swaziland to the broader research domain, to standardize the data series over time and provide documentation to allow for the use of this data by a larger community of researchers.

Research Project
19 Nov 2018

Terrorism, Credit and Investment: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Pakistan

This project looks, on the one hand, at the effect of charity donations to terrorist organizations on attacks, and on the other at how firms adjust their lending and investment decisions in presence of increased uncertainty.

Research Project
15 Nov 2018

Outcome-based Incentives in Export Markets

This project attempts to provide rigorous evidence on what governments can do to facilitate the transition from low-value added to high-value added exports (product diversification) or entry into new export markets (market diversification).

Research Project
6 Jun 2018

Firm Dynamics in Pakistan’s Supply Chain Network

This project examines the importance of upstream and downstream market access for firm selection and growth in Pakistan’s manufacturing sector.

Research Project
5 Jun 2018

Menstrual Health and Worker Productivity in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector

This project investigates the effects of subsidised or free disposable menstrual pads on worker’s well-being, health, and productivity.

Research Project
5 Jun 2018

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