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The Dynamics of Female Informal Enterprise Growth in Kenya and the Role of Reallocation in Returns to Business Training

By leveraging the ILO’s targeted business-training program for women called GET Ahead, this study will use a randomized control trial to help understand the dynamics of business growth of informal female-owned microenterprises in Kenya.

Research Project
1 Jun 2015

An Internship Programme for Young Ethiopian Entrepreneurs

By randomizing a piloted internship programme for young Ethiopians, the researchers are able to test whether experiential learning from the programme can improve future employment prospects of the interns. 

Research Project
3 Feb 2015

What are the Barriers to Industrial Upgrading? Evidence from Pakistan

By studying the football and surgical goods industries of Pakistan, this project seeks to identify barriers to upgrading in manufacturing firms such as high costs of high-quality inputs and fixed costs of innovation. 

Research Project
5 Aug 2014

The Role of Asian Investment in Manufacturing in Catalyzing Economic Development in Africa

This project aims to quantify the relationship between Foreign Direct Investment and domestic firm development by building on an existing study of Chinese and Indian investment in the processed leather sector in Ethiopia. 

Research Project
4 Aug 2014

Returns to Consulting for Women Entrepreneurs

This study builds on an earlier ERG project to carefully examine the causal mechanisms by which business skills training affects business outcomes using high frequency follow-up surveys.

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Agglomeration Externalities, Spatial Policies and Welfare

This project draws on rich Indonesian data to study the externalities and impacts of agglomeration in order for relevant insight into spatially targeted policies for manufacturing firms in Low-Income Countries (LICs). 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Measuring and Modelling Market Frictions and their Interaction as a Determinant of Aggregate Sector Performance

This project draws on ongoing data collection methods to understand small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Low-Income Countries (LICs) and their financial activities, in order to create models for policy recommendations designed to address market frictions.

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Graduating Microenterprises to SME-Level Credit

This randomized evaluation studies the effects of incentivising microfinance loan officers to identify clients with the highest potential returns on their loans, in order to test the hypothesis that the business model of classic microfinance institutions might be one of the reasons why high-growth microentrepreneurs have difficulty accessing SME-level loans. 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Matching and Relationships in Export markets: Empirical Investigations Using the Mexico-US Matched Exporter-Importer Dataset

This project investigates the consequences of market frictions in export markets for the exporting costs and benefits faced by firms in developing countries, using a novel Mexico-U.S. matched exporter-importer dataset. 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

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