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Can Intermediary Incentives Improve Product Quality? Supply Chains and Fertilizer Quality in Sub-Saharan Africa

This project seeks to investigate how and why fertilizers’ quality degrades as it makes its way from urban ports to rural farmers.

Research Project
29 Sep 2017

Ghanaian Firms and the Evolution of the Manufacturing Sector in Ghana

This project focuses on releasing key data on Ghanaian firms into the public domain.

Research Project
19 Sep 2017

Skin in the Game: Microequity and Mentorship for Online Freelancing based Micro-entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

This project considers an innovative new microfinance product, based on the principles of equity financing, in which promising potential entrepreneurs are provided with capital, training and mentorship to help them become online freelancers.

Research Project
18 Sep 2017

Hawassa Industrial Park Community Impact Evaluation

The project seeks to further our understanding of the effects of industrialization initiatives on rural communities in developing countries.

Research Project
14 Sep 2017

The Impact of Consumer-Side Discrimination on Firm Productivity in East Africa

This project uses a field experiment in Kenya to understand the effect of consumer-side discrimination on individual and aggregate-worker productivities.

Research Project
13 Sep 2017

Environmental Regulations and Firm Performances in the Chinese Manufacturing Sector

This project aims at solving an economic long standing debate over the effects of environmental regulation on firms’ performance.

Research Project
12 Sep 2017

The Impact of Business Linkages and Knowledge Spillovers on Manufacturing Growth

The project explores whether business can be encouraged to form horizontal linkages and collaborate on higher quality production through the offer of an opportunity to be part of a vertical linkage in Zambia.

Research Project
8 Sep 2017

Trade Liberalization, Labor Mobility, and Structural Transformation

This project aims to understand the effect of trade liberalization on structural change.

Research Project
8 Sep 2017

A woman’s Place is in the Production Management? Cultural Constraints to Women’s Career Advancement and Firm Productivity in Bangladesh’s Garment Sector

Exploiting an on-going experiment, this project attempts to assess the role of cultural barriers within the household in hindering female’s career advancement and whether women taking up low-level managerial positions can reduce them.

Research Project
25 Apr 2017

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