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The Relation Between Conflict and Private Enterprise Activity in Low-Income Countries

The research team built a unique data set on Afghani households to study the causal relationship between conflict and private enterprise, in particular entrepreneurship, in conflict-affected areas.

Research Project
10 Jun 2014

Exploring Dynamics in South African Firms

This project aims to analyze job creation and destruction in private enterprises in South Africa since 2005, and also explores electronic archives to find historic data on firm dynamics from the 1960s onwards, providing fascinating insights into job creation in the face of massive unemployment.

Research Project
9 Jun 2014

Gender and Investment: Impact of the EAC Integration process on Cross Border Investment: A Case Study of Women Investors in the EAC Region

This case study of the cross-border investment of female entrepreneurs in the East African Community region aims to assess the impact of regional integration on the expansion of female-run enterprises and identify constraints on the growth of these enterprises.

Research Project
8 Jun 2014

Credit Constraints and Risk in Commodity Supply Chains in Sierra Leone and Liberia

In post-conflict settings, credit constraints and risk are often prevalent and binding. This project uses an experiment to estimate the competing effects of credit constraints and risk of retail firms at the end of commodity supply chains in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Research Project
7 Jun 2014

Price Integration in Low-Income Countries: Market Structure and Retail Price-Setting Behaviour in Lesotho

This project examines price-setting behavior in Lesotho to understand pricing and market segmentation in low-income countries characterized by frictions preventing price arbitrage, such as weak infrastructure, poor distribution networks, and 'thin' markets. 

Research Project
1 May 2012

The Relationship b.etween Private Ordering and the State in Nigeria

In countries with weakly institutionalized legal environments, private contract enforcement mechanisms arise to facilitate trade. This project focuses on cheating in business and the interaction between private contract enforcement and public legal institutions. 

Research Project
1 May 2012

Highways, Firm Productivity, and Allocative Efficiency in India

This project evaluates the impact of highway construction in India on several aspects of economic activity including firm productivity, allocative efficiency and the entry of new firms into the manufacturing industry.

Research Project
1 May 2012

Borrower Switching Behaviour, Market Dominance and Bank Competition of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Credit in Zambia

This project examines potential switching costs for borrowers of formal credit and the impact of these costs on the competitiveness of the lending market.

Research Project
1 May 2012

Impact of Cartels in Low-Income Countries

The research team constructs a database on cartels in developing countries to carry out a quantitative assessment of the economic effects of cartels on growth, which will inform regulators on the potential for competition law enforcement to contribute to economic development. 

Research Project
1 May 2012

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