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.

Through a field experiment, this project tries to assess whether providing the infrastructure for information sharing among lenders and borrowers improves credit market efficiency, between SMEs and their suppliers in Kenya.
Researchers: Qian Li
Grants Round: 18th Round
Country: Kenya
This randomized controlled trial evaluates the impact of women-only bus services on the recruitment efforts of small firms and on women’s labor market participation in Lahore, Pakistan.
Researchers: Erica Field, Kate Vyborny
Grants Round: 18th Round
Country: Pakistan
This project attempts to capture candidates’ backgrounds, career aspirations, and post-training decisions to help explain India’s vocational training field and pave the way for further investigation into the field of vocational training. 
Researchers: Abhijit Banerjee, Gaurav Chiplunkar
Grants Round: 17th Round
Country: India
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project will measure the extent of credit constraints in the SME sector in India while simultaneously evaluating a private-sector led project that provides these firms with better access to credit. 
Researchers: Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, Matthew Lowe
Grants Round: 17th Round
Country: India
A randomized pilot experiment of BRAC Microfinance’s new flexible loan contract provides information on credit take-up, the pool of borrowers, and the potential for moral hazard abatement among microfinance borrowers. 
Researchers: Selim Gulesci, Andreas Madestam, Marianna Battaglia
Grants Round: 16th Round
Country: Bangladesh
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
As a lack of information on worker and jobseeker skills may contribute to low firm productivity, this study aims to directly measure the consequences of improving information to employers about potential workers through twin randomized controlled trials. 
Researchers: Robert Garlick, Kate Orkin, Neil Rankin
Grants Round: 16th Round
Country: South Africa
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
A field experiment to fit Kenyan minibuses with GPS fleet management technology will provide information about the effect of monitoring on market frictions and negative externalities due to driver behaviour. 
Researchers: David Schoenholzer
Grants Round: 16th Round
Country: Kenya
High-frequency data collection on a randomized treatment of SMEs will allow the researchers to study enterprise dynamics after a redistributive shock in the form of a cash transfer in rural Kenya. 
Researchers: Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Michael Walker
Grants Round: 16th Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This research explores the factors that affect the pattern of firm entry into different geographic markets in developing countries by focusing on the Indian market for potassium fertilizer. 
Researchers: Beáta Itin-Shwarz
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: India
By combining a lab-in-the-field approach and a randomised controlled trial, this study examines the pressure from family and friends to share income as a constraint to microenterprise growth. 
Researchers: Munir Squires
Grants Round: Special ERG - PhD #2
Country: Kenya

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