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Increasing SME productivity in Uganda: Leveraging clusters to train and create linkages

This study conducts a unique experimental evaluation of an intervention that focuses on technical training and the creation of economies of scale among small enterprises to increase access to markets.

Research Project
13 Dec 2016

IT Sector, Mobility Barriers and Knowledge Spillover in Palestine

This project evaluates the impact of mobility restrictions imposed by military occupation on the development of the IT sector in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Research Project
10 May 2016

All in the family? The effect of family firm successions on firm organization in Africa and Asia

By collecting new firm-level data from nine countries across Africa and Asia, this project evaluates the impact of the ownership and control structures of firms on their management practices and performance.

Research Project
28 Apr 2016

Productivity and Intrinsic Motivation: The Case of Ranking Feedback

This experiment in a Bangladeshi sweater factory seeks to determine whether providing workers with information on their relative performance can increase their motivation and productivity.

Research Project
22 Apr 2016

Productivity Differential in Absence of Profit Motive: A Case Study

This project aims to collect and analyse the productivity data of female artisans working in a large not-for-profit and semi-formal social business in Bangladesh, thus shedding light on a sector that has been previously underexplored

Research Project
19 Apr 2016

From informal to formal high growth ventures

This exploratory research aims to investigate and identify outcomes and growth of incubators in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Uganda.

Research Project
12 Apr 2016

Female entrepreneurship and the burden of house work: a randomised experiment on the role of access to light

Building on a large randomized controlled trial in Kenya, this project evaluates the impact of providing solar lamps on women’s time use and economic activities.

Research Project
19 Mar 2016

Rural Market Deregulation: Evidence from Indian Agriculture

This project explores the effects of an important deregulation reform in the agricultural marketing sector in India, which allowed private marketing channels to farmers previously limited to the government markets.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

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