Bangladesh

Menstrual Health and Worker Productivity in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector

This project looks at the effect of providing free sanitary pads to female garment workers in Bangladesh on worker health, well-being, absenteeism and productivity.

Research Project
22 Nov 2018

Do Performance Ranks Increase Productivity? Evidence from a Field Experiment

While performance-based ranking may induce workers to increase effort because of status concerns, such information may also demotivate them or make them wary of outperforming peers.

Working Paper
5 Sep 2018

Interest Rate Caps, Relationship Lending, and Bank Competition: Evidence from Bangladesh

Miyauchi (2017) studies the short and long-term impacts of the interest rate caps on loans for large and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises introduced in 2009 and lifted in 2011 and 2012 in Bangladesh.

Working Paper
14 Aug 2018

Skills for Growth: Human Capital Deficits, Labour Market Frictions, and Firm-level Productivity in Developing Economies

This project aims to run a pilot study in Bangladesh measuring differences in frictions that firms encounter in hiring and retaining workers of various skills.

Research Project
7 Jun 2018

Menstrual Health and Worker Productivity in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector

This project investigates the effects of subsidised or free disposable menstrual pads on worker’s well-being, health, and productivity.

Research Project
5 Jun 2018

Demand-driven, Private Sector Enforcement of Labour Law in Bangladesh

This project studies which are the effects of private actors enforcing labour standards in Bangladesh on local firms and workers.

Research Project
5 Jun 2018

Skin in the Game: Microequity and Mentorship for Online Freelancing based Micro-entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

This project considers an innovative new microfinance product, based on the principles of equity financing, in which promising potential entrepreneurs are provided with capital, training and mentorship to help them become online freelancers.

Research Project
18 Sep 2017

Understanding Firm Exit: Evidence from Bangladesh

Mobarak and Singhal (2017) present novel evidence on short run exit among urban firms in a developing country. Exit rates are high but surprisingly similar to those for small firms in the United States, and vary systematically by age of the firm, number of employees, and industrial sector.

Research Note
3 Aug 2017

A woman’s Place is in the Production Management? Cultural Constraints to Women’s Career Advancement and Firm Productivity in Bangladesh’s Garment Sector

Exploiting an on-going experiment, this project attempts to assess the role of cultural barriers within the household in hindering female’s career advancement and whether women taking up low-level managerial positions can reduce them.

Research Project
25 Apr 2017

Green microfinance strategy for entrepreneurial transformation: validating a pattern towards sustainability

This paper by Shahidullah and Emdad Haque (2016), published in Enterprise Development and Microfinance, illustrates a shifted microfinance modality that adopted greening principles towards sustainability.

Journal Article
16 Feb 2017

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