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.

As developing countries continually attempt to increase the competitiveness of their exports through currency devaluations, this project examines an increasingly important set of questions regarding the impact of currency devaluations on the manufacturing sector of four different countries. 
Researchers: Alexander Segura, Eduardo Montero
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: Multiple
A pilot study using two milk quality-testing technologies investigates the potential existence of a lemons problem in the market for untreated milk in Lahore, Pakistan, as well as the impact of information interventions on both sides of the market. 
Researchers: Ali Hasanain, Arman Rezaee, Yasir Khan
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #2
Country: Pakistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
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.
Researchers: Albert Makochekanwa, Robert Davies, Lawrence Edwards
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #2
Country: Zimbabwe
This project examines the impact of business environment reforms in Burkina Faso on the transition to formality for SMEs. 
Researchers: Idrissa Ouedraogo, Idrissa Kabore, Jean Abel Traore
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #2
Country: Burkina Faso
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
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.
Researchers: Caleb Adelowo, Abiodun Egbetokun, Adedayo James
Grants Round: Special ERG - LIC #2
Country: Nigeria
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
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