India

The Allocative Efficiency of Land in India

This study of misallocation of inputs and output in Indian manufacturing reveals that, although more productive establishments in India tend to produce more output, factors of production are grossly misallocated.

Research Note
28 Nov 2016

The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality

A month-long field experiment with full-time Indian manufacturing workers reveals that relative pay comparisons in the workplace have significant effects on worker attendance, effort, and social cohesion.

Research Note
16 Nov 2016

The Productivity and Retention Effects of Soft Skills Training

In partnership with a large garment factory in India, this project designs and implements a randomized controlled trial to study the impact of a year-long, in-depth soft skills training programme aimed at empowering low-skilled female labourers.

Research Note
15 Sep 2016

Rural Market Deregulation: Evidence from Indian Agriculture

This project explores the effects of an important deregulation reform in the agricultural marketing sector in India, which allowed private marketing channels to farmers previously limited to the government markets.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Misallocation in the Market for Inputs

This project aims to study how slow legal enforcement due to congestion of the courts shapes the organization of production, and to quantify the importance of these frictions for productivity.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

Understanding Regulatory Cost and Effectiveness: Evidence from India

Focusing on the Environmental Clearance law in India, this project aims to build a series of unique datasets in order to shed light on the effects of regulatory costs on the private sector.

Research Project
9 Mar 2016

The Light and the Heat: Productivity Co-benefits of Energy-Saving Technology

This study explores the consequences of the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting in garment factories around Bangalore, India.

Research Note
1 Feb 2016

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

This project empirically tests whether contract labour brings about more economic costs than benefits and therefore should be banned, or should regulations such as the Contract Labour Act of India spell out the terms that should govern labour subcontracting in terms of wages, working conditions, and benefits.

Research Project
7 Aug 2015

Optimizing network referrals to identify and recruit creditworthy entrepreneurs

This project aims to shed light on whether referrals programs focused around ‘central’ village individuals could improve the loan selection mechanisms, through referrals to microfinance initiatives.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

Understanding the Employment Preferences of Low-Skilled Labor in India

This project attempts to capture candidates’ backgrounds, career aspirations, and post-training decisions to help explain India’s vocational training field and pave the way for further investigation into the field of vocational training. 

Research Project
29 May 2015

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