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 project aims to identify the information costs of trade by focusing on business travel of Nigerian traders to their Chinese suppliers and building a panel data set to facilitate this analysis. 
Researchers: Meredith Startz, Shelby Grossman
Grants Round: 15th Round
Country: Nigeria
This project investigates the usage and allocation efficiency of land and energy within India by focusing on the manufacturing sector and developing data to quantify the issues relating to land allocation and energy supply.
Researchers: William Kerr, Gilles Duranton, Arti Grover
Grants Round: 15th Round
Country: India
This project explores the extent to which women entrepreneurs in the informal economy in Nepal make the transition into the formal economy, focusing on the interaction of contextual factors (institutional, socio-spatial, and enterprise sector dynamics) and their personal characteristics.
Researchers: Mirela Xheneti, Shova Thapa Karki
Grants Round: 15th Round
Country: Nepal
This study conducts a two-stage randomized controlled trial involving a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program to examine the impacts of apprenticeship labour inputs on different firm outcomes. 
Researchers: Isaac Mbiti, Morgan Hardy, Jamie McCasland
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Ghana
The research team conducts an impact evaluation of the entreprenant status on formalization in Benin by conducting a randomized controlled trial offering different packages of incentives to informal businesses. 
Researchers: David McKenzie, Najy Benhassine, Massimiliano Santini, Victor Pouliquen
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Benin
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
By creating a theoretical model along with a unique, novel data set, this project sheds light on the relationship between credit and investor partnerships and the resulting level of entrepreneurship.  
Researchers: Xiao Yu Wang, Arun Chandrasekhar
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: India
This project aims to harmonize and make public two innovation surveys of Nigeria from 2007 and 2011 in order to fill a gap in existing African data, and to create a comprehensive picture and research tool for Nigerian industry. 
Researchers: Abiodun Egbetokun
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Nigeria
This experiment investigates the potential of virtual social networks and access to technology in promoting innovative entrepreneurship in Low-Income Countries. 
Researchers: Fernando Vega-Redondo, Cristiana Benedetti, Paolo Pin, Emanuele Colonnelli, Constantine Yannelis
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Ghana
This project seeks to create a database of micro level firm data from Myanmar’s manufacturing sector to promote further research and policy insights. 
Researchers: Nick Bloom, Renata Lemos, Mari Tanaka
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Myanmar

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