Exploratory Research Grant Projects

Exploratory Research Grants are awarded to successful applicants every two months. Projects are chosen based on scientific merit, methodological rigour and policy relevance.

This project examines the case of Zambia's tarriff reforms during the 1990s  and their impact on product and price integration. 
Researchers: Dale Mudenda
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Zambia
As prices for staple foods fluctuate seasonally, there is room for arbitrage by entrepeneurs. This project investigates potential barriers to arbitrage, such as missing credit markets, government policies, high costs, or entrepreneurial attitudes to develop policy insights into removing these barriers. 
Researchers: Marshall Burke, Lauren Falcao
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Kenya
By exploiting the rapid opening of Myanmar's market, the author examines the impact of the introduction to trade and FDI on productivity, management, and working conditions. 
Researchers: Mari Tanaka
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Myanmar
This study quantifies the impact of temperature, humidity, and pollution on worker productivity while also estimating the co-benefits of introducing environmentally friendly technology such as LED lighting to worker productivity and firm profitability. 
Researchers: Namrata Kala
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: India
This research project aims to understand the dynamics of the distribution of market power, as measured by mark-ups, and the resulting implications for industrial policy.
Researchers: Simon Galle
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: India
By examining Kenyan textile firms, the researcher analyzes the relationship between low-tech innovation, or 'tinkering', and within-firm incentives as well as productivity. 
Researchers: Meredith Startz
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Kenya
This project collects micro data on private enterprises in Myanmar in order to facilitate analysis of the dynamics of growth and private sector development. 
Researchers: Saw Htay Wah
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Myanmar
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
Focusing on the tailoring and cosmetology trades in Ghana, this study aims to estimate the private returns to trade association membership for women and identify how these benefits differ for those connected outside the trade association. 
Researchers: Morgan Hardy, Jamie McCasland
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Ghana
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project looks at the impact of the interest rate cap for lending in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2012 on the supply of bank loans and firm performance. 
Researchers: Yuhei Miyauchi
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD
Country: Bangladesh
This study examines the relationship between the sociodemographic characteristics of entrepreneurs and the performance of Micro, Small and Medium Entreprises (MSMEs) in Chad. 
Researchers: Douzounet Mallaye, Thierry Urbain Yogo, Nan-Guer Koulke Blandine
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Chad
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states

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