India

Lease Splitting and Dirty Entrants: The Unintended Deforestation Consequences of India's Environmental Clearance Process Reform

Mining industries form a significant share of the industrial landscape of many poor countries.

Working Paper
8 Oct 2019

Leveraging Custom Hire Markets for Increasing Scale and Productivity

This project aims to rigorously identify what type of market arrangements and infrastructure provide the most sustainable environment for agricultural rental markets of equipment to arise, or how the entry of formal rental opportunities impact informal renting arrangements.

Research Project
27 Mar 2019

Joint Lending, Not Borrowing: A New Approach to Credit and Entrepreneurship in LDCs

Wan and Chandrasekhar (2019) study how the quality of decision making, in this case by credit officers, depends on (1) whether decisions are made at the group or individual level, (2) whether soft information is available beyond hard information, and (3) the incentive structure that officers face.

Research Note
26 Feb 2019

Competition, Financial Constraints and Misallocation: Plant-level Evidence from Indian Manufacturing

A commonly held and highly intuitive view is that intensified competition will improve the allocation of resources in an economy, by shifting resources to more productive firms.

Research Note
21 Jan 2019

Hostel Takeover: Living Conditions, Reference Dependence, and the Well-Being of Migrant Workers

Adhvaryu, Nyshadham and Xu (2018) report impacts of a randomized housing quality improvement intervention among Indian migrant workers.

Working Paper
15 Jan 2019

How Important Are Matching Frictions in the Labour Market? Experimental & Non-Experimental Evidence from a Large Indian Firm

Banerjee and Chiplunkar (2018) provide evidence of substantial matching frictions in the labour market in India. In particular, placement officers in vocational training institutes have very little information about the job preferences of candidates they are trying to place in jobs.

Working Paper
30 Aug 2018

Misallocation in the Market for Inputs: Enforcement and the Organization of Production

The strength of contract enforcement determines how firms source inputs and organize production. Using microdata on Indian manufacturing plants, Boehm and Oberfield (2018) show that production and sourcing decisions appear systematically distorted in states with weaker enforcement.

Working Paper
14 Aug 2018

Misallocation in the Market for Inputs: Enforcement and the Organization of Production

The timely enforcement of supplier contracts by courts of justice is an important determinant of firms’ organizational structure and overall productivity.

Research Note
18 Jan 2018

Contract Design, Business Growth, and Female Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Microfinance in India

Several field experiments find positive returns to grants for male and not female micro- entrepreneurs. But these analyses overlook that female entrepreneurs often reside with a male business owner.

Research Note
5 Dec 2017

Competition and Market Power in Deregulated Fertilizers in India

This paper by Beáta Itin-Shwartz (2017) investigates competition and market share dominance in the Indian fertilizer sector during a process of deregulation, using a newly constructed database.

Working Paper
10 Nov 2017

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