Differentiation, Property Rights, and the Performance of Microentrepreneurs

This project aims to develop a research programme that investigates the role of innovation in micro-enterprises’ marketing practices in driving performance.

Research Project
22 Dec 2016

Differentiation, Property Rights, and Performance Among Micro-entrepreneurs

In contexts where ownership as a mode of access to productive assets is limited, research shows that leasing has a strong positive impact on micro-entrepreneur performance and differentiation from competitors.

Research Note
10 Apr 2015

Exporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Randomised Trial

Atkin, Khandelwal and Osman (2017) conduct in this paper, published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, a randomized experiment that generates exogenous variation in the access to foreign markets for rug producers in Egypt.

Journal Article
29 Sep 2014

The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomised Trial

This project conducts a randomised field experiment in Egypt to study the channels through which export market access drives economic growth and reduces poverty.

Research Note
20 Aug 2014

Why do Some Micro-entrepreneurs do Better than Others? The Role of Innovation in Marketing Practices in Driving Performance

Through a field experiment on micro food retailers in Cairo, the research team investigates the importance of innovation in marketing practices for scaling and improving businesses.

Research Project
25 Jun 2014

The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

By analyzing small-scale enterprises in Egypt's carpet industry, this project disentangles causal effects of exporting on productivity and welfare measures, as well as analyzes the firm-specific factors that contribute to export success.

Research Project
30 May 2014

The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

The evidence clearly suggests that exporting enterprises are more productive than enterprises that only sell domestically. The traditional explanation is that since export market participation is costly, the best enterprises self-select into export markets. Many policymakers believe, however, that export-oriented growth raises productivity through a variety of channels, such as learning from buyers, the need to exert greater effort in competitive foreign markets and the ability to exploit economies of scale.

Research Project
4 Dec 2012