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Firm Survival in the Face of Economic Crises: A Tracer Study of Zimbabwean Manufacturing Firms from the early 1990s

This project conducts a Tracer Survey of Zimbabwean manufacturing firms to determine firm survival and firm responses to extreme and persistent economic crises and policy shocks.

Research Project
20 Nov 2014

Impact of Business Climate Reforms on the Dynamics of Informality in Burkina Faso

This project examines the impact of business environment reforms in Burkina Faso on the transition to formality for SMEs. 

Research Project
20 Nov 2014

The Supply of High Quality Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

This project focuses on the supply of high-quality entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Using a large-scale survey of Nigerian university students, it examines the extent to which an interest in entrepreneurship translates into actual entrepreneurial activity.

Research Project
20 Nov 2014

Industrial Spillovers and the Design of Private Enterprise Industrial Clusters in Zambia

Can government-created industrial clusters enable SMEs to exploit spillovers and improve productivity in Zambia?

Research Project
20 Nov 2014

The Value of Face-to-Face: Travel and the Information Costs of Trade

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. 

Research Project
19 Nov 2014

The Allocative Efficiency of Land and Energy in India

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.

Research Project
19 Nov 2014

Transitioning into the Formal - Women Entrepreneurs in the Informal Economy of Nepal

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.

Research Project
19 Nov 2014

Do Apprentices Substitute for Paid Workers? Evidence from an Experiment with Ghanaian Microenterprises

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. 

Research Project
18 Nov 2014

Impact Evaluation of the "Entreprenant" Status in Benin

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. 

Research Project
16 Oct 2014

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