India

Understanding the Distribution of Market Power and the Scope for Industrial Policy in Emerging Economies

This research project aims to understand the dynamics of the distribution of market power, as measured by mark-ups, and the resulting implications for industrial policy.

Research Project
8 Jul 2014

The Productivity and Retention Effects of Soft Skills Training

This is a randomized impact evaluation of soft skills training on female worker attrition and productivity, as well as on firm revenue, profits, and productivity in the Indian garment sector.

Research Project
27 Jun 2014

How Does Energy-Efficiency Pass-Through to Product Markets? Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms

By hiring traders to make credible output bids to treatment and control firms, the researchers are able to collect accurate price data that allows them to test whether newly more energy-efficient firms reduce output prices.

Research Project
26 Jun 2014

My Mobile Consultant: Mobile Based Business Advice Service for MSMEs

This project develops a mobile-based management consultancy aimed at improving business practices in Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The researchers, together with a technological team, will develop an appropriate business advice service for MSMEs using a mobile platform and collect high-frequency data to evaluate the full impact of this product.

Research Project
20 Jun 2014

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

Building on a previous randomized experiment that assessed the impact of reduced liquidity needs on investment in microenterprises and enterprise growth, this project investigates on a deeper level the effect of including liquidity grace periods in credit contracts.

Research Project
19 Jun 2014

Innovations in an Emerging Economy: Lessons from Indian Patent Data

This study exploits a set of natural experiments to identify the causal impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on Indian innovative activity, as well as the impact of foreign multinationals' use of IPR protection on Indian firms.

Research Project
15 Jun 2014

Highways, Firm Productivity, and Allocative Efficiency in India

This project evaluates the impact of highway construction in India on different aspects of economic activity, such as firm productivity and allocative efficiency, and thus the impact of public infrastructure on the entry of new firms into the manufacturing sector. 

Research Project
5 Jun 2014

What Causes Dispersion in Revenue and Output across Firms? The Brick Industry in India

This detailed study of the Indian brick industry allows for reliable estimates of firm productivity, disentangling competing explanations of variations in revenue and output across firms such as capital misallocation, market power, and adjustment costs.

Research Project
2 Jun 2014

Highways, Firm Productivity, and Allocative Efficiency in India

Public investment in infrastructure is often recommended as a means of promoting economic activity. Identifying the impact of infrastructure investment on economic activity is, however, very complicated. The placement of new infrastructure may itself be endogenous, which makes it difficult to clearly quantify causal effects. Areas with better roads may grow faster, but it is equally possible that the economic potential of the region dictated where roads were placed. It is also possible that roads are placed into struggling regions as an effort to prop up the local economy.

Research Project
4 Dec 2012

What causes dispersion in revenue and output across firms? The brick industry in India

Firms in developing countries exhibit large variations in revenue and output, (given the level of their inputs). A number of researchers have suggested that this is due to “capital misallocation”, i.e. capital does not flow to the households, firms, and entrepreneurs who can use it most productively. There are, however, other plausible explanations of the variability of input-adjusted revenue. One is that firms with greater market power (perhaps because they are more innovative) may charge higher prices and thus generate greater revenues from identical production functions.

Research Project
4 Dec 2012

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