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.

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
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. 
Researchers: David McKenzie, Najy Benhassine, Massimiliano Santini, Victor Pouliquen
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Benin
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
By creating a theoretical model along with a unique, novel data set, this project sheds light on the relationship between credit and investor partnerships and the resulting level of entrepreneurship.  
Researchers: Xiao Yu Wang, Arun Chandrasekhar
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: India
This project aims to harmonize and make public two innovation surveys of Nigeria from 2007 and 2011 in order to fill a gap in existing African data, and to create a comprehensive picture and research tool for Nigerian industry. 
Researchers: Abiodun Egbetokun
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Nigeria
This experiment investigates the potential of virtual social networks and access to technology in promoting innovative entrepreneurship in Low-Income Countries. 
Researchers: Fernando Vega-Redondo, Cristiana Benedetti, Paolo Pin, Emanuele Colonnelli, Constantine Yannelis
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Ghana
This project seeks to create a database of micro level firm data from Myanmar’s manufacturing sector to promote further research and policy insights. 
Researchers: Nick Bloom, Renata Lemos, Mari Tanaka
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Myanmar
This project analyses management practices in Pakistan to explore whether weak management hinders productivity and innovation, and thus explain the differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and developed countries.
Researchers: Nick Bloom, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen
Grants Round: 13th Round
Country: Pakistan
The research team has designed a new electronic survey tool to reduce the high levels of measurement error in data on micro-enterprise sales and profits and tests this new approach in a randomized controlled trial among micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana.  
Researchers: Stephen Anderson-Macdonald, Bilal Zia
Grants Round: 12th Round
Country: Ghana
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project considers financial constraints as barriers to entry and growth and examines whether easing these constraints can induce entry of more dynamic start-ups with greater long-run growth potential than by removing explicit entry barriers. 
Researchers: Samuel Bazzi, Marc-Andreas Muendler, James Rauch
Grants Round: 11th round
Country: Brazil