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 work will shed light on how much employers value cognitive (e.g. IQ) and non-cognitive (e.g. motivation, perseverance etc.) skills and the extent to which these skills are predictive of future productivity.
Researchers: Kate Orkin, Laura Poswell, Lukas Hensel, Laurel Beth Wheeler
Grants Round: 21st Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project expands a previous intervention that implemented a fleet management system in Kenya’s semi-formal public transport system along three margins: possible negative effects of the tracking system, role of cash incentives in enhancing safety and increasing duration and participation to the pilot.
Researchers: David Schoenholzer, Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane, Peter Waiganjo Wagacha
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: Kenya
This project attempts to utilise community information to identify high-potential entrepreneurs who can transition their micro-enterprises into SMEs.  
Researchers: Natalia Rigol, Reshmaan Hussam, Benjamin Roth
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: India
This project attempts to study the effects of the adoption of new agricultural technologies on economic development in Brazil.
Researchers: Paula Bustos
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: Brazil
This project seeks to explore the role of management in responding to productivity shocks, within the context of pollution in an Indian garment factory.
Researchers: Achyuta Adhvaryu , Anant Nyshadham, Namrata Kala
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: India
This project tests whether greater knowledge of pollution data, for regulators and for the public, can make regulation more effective in the Indian energy sector.
Researchers: Rohini Pande, Michael Greenstone, Nick Ryan, Anant Sudarshan
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: India
The central aim of this project is to identify the impact of introducing a flexible loan contract on the credit market.
Researchers: Marianna Battaglia, Selim Gulesci, Andreas Madestam
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project aims to develop a research programme that investigates the role of innovation in micro-enterprises’ marketing practices in driving performance.
Researchers: Magda Hassan, Jaideep Prabhu, Om Narasimhan, Rajesh Chandy
Grants Round: Special ERG - Scale-up
Country: Egypt
This project based in Brazil aims to uncover novel facts about the nexus between politics and economics.
Researchers: Emanuele Colonnelli
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #3
Country: Brazil

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