India

Productivity and Competition in the Indian Brick Industry

The goal of this project is to gain further insight into the low productivity of firms in developing countries, and why competitive forces have not led to stronger selective pressures.

Research Project
15 Dec 2016

Smoothing Frictions in Worker Tenure and Productivity: Evidence from Rural-Urban Migrants in the Garment Sector

This project seeks to understand the impacts of tenure, assessing impacts on both worker welfare and workplace productivity.

Research Project
15 Dec 2016

Buy from Your Kin: Microenterprise Customer Base, Productivity and Market Power

This project provides original evidence on the market forces that shape businesses in low-income countries; arguing that social and kinship ties influence competition and productivity because of their influence on business’ access to customers.

Research Project
13 Dec 2016

The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality

The idea that worker utility is affected by co-worker wages has potentially broad labor market implications.

Journal Article
30 Nov 2016

The Skills to Pay the Bills: Returns to On-the-job Soft Skills Training

Adhvaryu, Kala and Nyshadham (2017) evaluate the causal impacts of on-the-job soft skills training on the productivity, wages, and retention of female garment workers in India. The program increased women’s extraversion and communication, and spurred technical skill upgrading.

Working Paper
30 Nov 2016

The Misallocation of Land and Other Factors of Production in India

This paper by Kerr, Duranton, Grover and Ghandi (2015) quantifies the misallocation of manufacturing output and factors of production between establishments across Indian districts during 1989–2010.

Working Paper
29 Nov 2016

Effects of Land Misallocation on Capital Allocations in India

Growing research and policy interest focuses on the misallocation of output and factors of production in developing economies. This working paper by Kerr, Duranton, Grover and Ghani (2016) considers the possible misallocation of financial loans.

Working Paper
29 Nov 2016

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

This working paper by Galle (2018) demonstrates a dual impact of increased competition on misallocation in a setting with both oligopolistic competition and financial constraints.

Working Paper
29 Nov 2016

Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity

In this working paper Adhvaryu, Kala and Nyshadham (2016) document how differences in managerial quality likely contribute significantly to firm productivity gaps between firms in developed and developing countries. But how specifically does management affect productivity?

Working Paper
29 Nov 2016

The Productivity Impact of Contract Work in India: An Establishment Level Structural Approach

Although hiring temporary workers increases firm productivity in the current period, the short-tenure of such temporary workers preclude the accumulation of firm-specific human capital, resulting in lower future productivity.

Research Note
28 Nov 2016

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