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.

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
As some environmental production processes can improve a firm's efficiency, this study examines the impact of training a sample of Bangladeshi firms in green production methods on both ecological benefits and economic profitability.
Researchers: AKM Shahidullah
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Bangladesh
By analysing data collected on micro-firms created or supported by the Nepali government, the researcher examines the determinants of micro-enterprise performance in Nepal. 
Researchers: Ajay Thapa
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Nepal
This project assesses the impact of management practices on private hopsital efficiency and performance across Nepal.  
Researchers: Shiva Raj Adhikari
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Nepal
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
The researchers study the impact of corruption on incentives to innovate and private enterprise growth in an environment where bribery wins government contracts, leading to an inefficient market outcome.
Researchers: Denis Akouwerabu
Grants Round: Special ERG - LICs
Country: Burkina Faso
This project aims to bring micro-data collected by statistical agencies in Ghana and Swaziland into the research domain, to standardise the data series over time and to provide supporting documentation to allow for the use of this data by the broader research community.
Researchers: Neil Rankin, Francis Teal, Justin Sandefur, Samuel Mhlanga
Grants Round: 9th Round
Country: Multiple
This is a randomized impact evaluation of soft skills training on female worker attrition and productivity, as well as on firm revenue, profits, and productivity in the Indian garment sector.
Researchers: Anant Nyshadham, Achyuta Adhvaryu
Grants Round: 9th Round
Country: India
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
By hiring traders to make credible output bids to treatment and control firms, the researchers are able to collect accurate price data that allows them to test whether newly more energy-efficient firms reduce output prices.
Researchers: Nick Ryan
Grants Round: 9th Round
Country: India

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