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Misallocation in the Market for Inputs

This project aims to study how slow legal enforcement due to congestion of the courts shapes the organization of production, and to quantify the importance of these frictions for productivity.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Equity-based Microfinance Contracts for Microenterprises in Pakistan

This randomized controlled trial explores the feasibility and evaluates the impact of equity-based microfinancing for microenterprises in Pakistan.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Tax Compliance and Private Sector Development in the Kyrgyz Republic

This randomized controlled trial will evaluate the impact of three different mechanisms aimed at improving regulatory transparency in business tax collection and reducing corruption in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Understanding Regulatory Cost and Effectiveness: Evidence from India

Focusing on the Environmental Clearance law in India, this project aims to build a series of unique datasets in order to shed light on the effects of regulatory costs on the private sector.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

The Productivity Impact of Contract Work in India: An Establishment Level Structural Approach

This project empirically tests whether contract labour brings about more economic costs than benefits and therefore should be banned, or should regulations such as the Contract Labour Act of India spell out the terms that should govern labour subcontracting in terms of wages, working conditions, and benefits.

Research Project
7 Aug 2015

Growth Effects of Financial Deepening: Evidence from China

This project directly addresses the research gap on the financial constraints of SMEs by evaluating the impact of a new loan product, designed specifically for SMEs, on firm growth in China.

Research Project
7 Aug 2015

Optimizing network referrals to identify and recruit creditworthy entrepreneurs

This project aims to shed light on whether referrals programs focused around ‘central’ village individuals could improve the loan selection mechanisms, through referrals to microfinance initiatives.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

Trade Credit Information Sharing among SMEs in Kenya

Through a field experiment, this project tries to assess whether providing the infrastructure for information sharing among lenders and borrowers improves credit market efficiency, between SMEs and their suppliers in Kenya.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

Transport and Recruitment of Female Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This randomized controlled trial evaluates the impact of women-only bus services on the recruitment efforts of small firms and on women’s labor market participation in Lahore, Pakistan.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

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