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 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. 
Researchers: Kensuke Teshima, Enrique Seira, Yoichi Sugita
Grants Round: 1st MRG Round
Country: Mexico
This research team is carrying out a large-scale randomized trial that offers small informal firms different business registration services as well as information sessions on the benefits of separating business from household finances in Malawi to estimate the causal impact of enterprise formalization on business performance.
Researchers: Markus Goldstein, Francisco Camarate de Campos
Grants Round: 1st MRG Round
Country: Malawi
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
These researchers use their existing in-depth survey methodology to collect extensive management data on three African countries and Brazil and investigate differences in management practices and productivity across firms and countries.
Researchers: Nick Bloom, John Van Reenen, Renata Lemos, Raffaella Sadun, Daniela Scur
Grants Round: 1st MRG Round
Country: Multiple
Building on an existing large-scale randomized controlled trial involving Ugandan SMEs, this project measures the spillover effects of several business expansion interventions on the business practices of firms that belong to the ‘treated’ firms’ social, business and market networks. 
Researchers: Imran Rasul, Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Munshi Sulaiman, Vittorio Bassi
Grants Round: 1st MRG Round
Country: Uganda

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