Major Research Grant Projects

At least five Major Research Grant projects are awarded each year, funding outstanding scientific work based in low-income countries.

This project aims to better understand the capacity of informal SMEs to be a dynamic driver of private sector growth, specifically when granted unconditional government cash transfers.
Researchers: Johannes Haushofer , Michael Walker, Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: Kenya
The goal of this project is to gain further insight into the low productivity of firms in developing countries, and why competitive forces have not led to stronger selective pressures.
Researchers: Daniel Keniston
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: India
This project seeks to understand the impacts of tenure, assessing impacts on both worker welfare and workplace productivity.
Researchers: Achyuta Adhvaryu
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: India
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This survey aims to uncover who benefits from rapid industrialisation, and whether alternatives such as entrepreneurship offer better prospects for individuals.
Researchers: Christopher Blattman
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: Ethiopia
This project aims to test whether poor social networks are a key factor limiting the rise of entrepreneurial behaviour in rural areas of low-income countries.
Researchers: Fernando Vega-Redondo, Emanuele Colonnelli
Grants Round: 4th MRG Round
Country: Kenya
Building on previous exploratory work, this study utilizes data from conflict-affected Eastern Congo to examine the formation of ‘states’ by armed groups, their taxation activities, and policies aimed at reducing their state capacity. 
Researchers: Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, Suresh Naidu, Gauthier Marchais
Grants Round: 3rd MRG Round
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
Providing much-needed experimental evidence on the impacts of alleviating growth frictions to SMEs, this project evaluates the effects of programs designed to improve access to loans and to expand business networks. 
Researchers: Adam Szeidl, Jing Cai
Grants Round: 3rd MRG Round
Country: China
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
A unique study collects North Korean data and estimates a structural model to simulate the potential reunification and integration scenario for the economies of North and South Korea. 
Researchers: Yongseok Shin, Sang Yoon (Tim) Lee
Grants Round: 3rd MRG Round
Country: Korea, Dem Rep.

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