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The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

This project undertakes the first ever randomized evaluation of micro-franchising in Kenya, a policy intervention that connects unemployed young women with businesses through multi-person franchises.

Research Project
13 Jun 2014

Direct and Indirect Impacts of Credit Scoring for Small and Medium Enterprises

This project estimates the spillover effects on competing firms and through the supply chain of an credit intervention with SMEs.

Research Project
13 Jun 2014

Inside the Production Function: the Effect of Financial Contracts on Growing Firms' Technology Use. Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Uganda

This investigation aims to provide evidence on the effect of credit contract terms on nascent firms' use of inputs, profits, and repayment performance through a rigorous pilot survey.

Research Project
12 Jun 2014

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 Between 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

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