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Engaging Women in Mobile Money Markets

This project will carry out an RCT to evaluate two interventions that interfere with the supply and demand of mobile financial services to encourage greater participation from women.

Research Project
1 Jun 2020

Middlemen: Understanding Wholesale and Retail Distribution Chains in Nigeria

In this project, Grant, Grossman and Startz will collect, analyse, and make available to other researchers data that traces the distribution of manufactured consumer goods in Nigeria.

Research Project
1 Mar 2020

Why Do African Firms Underinvest in Management Training? Experimental Evidence from Middle and Large Ethiopian Firms

This project involves an RCT in Ethiopia to test whether firms’ demand for training is influenced by the level of competition that they face in the market.

Research Project
1 Feb 2020

Market-level Effects of Competition: Prices, Quality and Mechanisms

This project will analyse how increased competition affects prices, quality, and firm entry and exit at the market level through a randomised rollout of new stores by an NGO with a reputation for high quality.

Research Project
1 Jan 2020

A Labour Markets Research Agenda through a Job Matching Platform

This project will study the effects of actual and threatened skills audits on applicants’ skill reporting decisions, applicants’ skill investment decisions, firms’ hiring decisions, and firm-applicant match quality.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

Information Frictions in Government-Firm Relationships

This project identifies the role of information frictions in the relationships between firms and government bodies.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

An Analysis of Alternative Paths to Export-Led Industrialization in African Countries: Evidence from Ethiopia and Tanzania

Growth-promoting structural change explains much of Africa's recent growth boom, especially in Ethiopia, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania. In these countries, however, structural change has not been accompanied by labor productivity growth in the nonagricultural sectors. In fact, the expansion of services and manufacturing has typically been accompanied by low or negative productivity growth in these same sectors.

Research Project
20 Sep 2019

Long-Run Enterprise Responses to Redistribution: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Cash transfer programs continue to be implemented and expanded by governments and non-government organizations in many low-income countries as a tool for poverty alleviation. When implemented at scale, such programs may have important short- and long-run implications for firms. However, there are relatively few opportunities to study how an economy responds to an exogenous shock of such a magnitude, and the response of the private sector is critical in determining how these types of shocks will propagate through the economy.

Research Project
18 Sep 2019

Hawassa Industrial Park Community Impact Evaluation Follow-Up

The Government of Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious industrialization strategy based on the creation of special economic zones as centers of export-oriented light manufacturing. The flagship industrial park of this strategy is located in the city of Hawassa, in southern Ethiopia. The Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) is one of ten industrial parks that are currently being planned and built all over Ethiopia.

Research Project
16 Sep 2019

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