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Improving Entrepreneurs’ Access to Information: A Randomised Controlled Trial on Marketing and Financial Information for Small Firm Owners in Rwanda

This research seeks to address a significant constraint to growth among private enterprises in low income countries: access to business information.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Urban SMEs in LICs: New Evidence on Firm Characteristics, Formalization, and Turnover from Bangladesh

This project aims to address common limitations to data sources surrounding informal and unofficial firms using novel data from Bangladesh, shedding new light on firm formalization and business activity in developing countries.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

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

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

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

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

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