Kenya

Long-Run Enterprise Responses to Redistribution: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Cash transfer programs continue to be implemented and expanded by governments and non-government organizations in many low-income countries as a tool for poverty alleviation. When implemented at scale, such programs may have important short- and long-run implications for firms. However, there are relatively few opportunities to study how an economy responds to an exogenous shock of such a magnitude, and the response of the private sector is critical in determining how these types of shocks will propagate through the economy.

Research Project
18 Sep 2019

Can Online Marketplaces Reduce Barriers to Growth for Small Firms?

This project asks whether large, semi-coordinated online marketplaces can provide the benefits of expanded market access with much lower costs than foreing trade expansion.

Research Project
20 Nov 2018

The Impact of Contract Farming: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

This project relies on a collaboration with a large Kenyan contract farming company to provide an experimental evaluation of the impact of this form of outsourcing on performance, plot productivity and farmers' incomes.

Research Project
20 Nov 2018

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya’s Public Transport Sector

Schoenholzer, Kelley, Lane and Wagacha (2018) provide firms a new technology that delivers real-time information to the owner of the vehicle about the driver’s productivity and safety. They find that owners use this information to change their management of drivers and re-optimize their contracts.

Research Note
7 Sep 2018

Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized Experiment in Kenya

This study measures the impact of a business training program for women in Kenya, finding that training increases the profits, sales, mental health, and subjective well-being of women.

Research Note
31 Aug 2018

Improving Management of Small Firms in Kenya

This project aims to understand the impacts of a light touch management training on small firms in Kenya.

Research Project
7 Jun 2018

The Microstructure of Corporate Bond Markets in Emerging Economies: Evidence from Africa

By exploring the microstructure, this study seeks to address the frictions, inefficiencies and lack of competition of corporate bond markets in Africa.

Research Project
1 Jun 2018

The Impact of Consumer-Side Discrimination on Firm Productivity in East Africa

This project uses a field experiment in Kenya to understand the effect of consumer-side discrimination on individual and aggregate-worker productivities.

Research Project
13 Sep 2017

Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized Experiment in Kenya

A common concern with efforts to directly help some small businesses to grow is that their growth comes at the expense of their unassisted competitors. In this study, McKenzie and Puerto (2017) test this possibility using a two-stage randomized experiment in Kenya.

Working Paper
4 Sep 2017

Product and Destination Shifting by Firms in International Trade: Evidence from Kenya’s Manufacturing Exporters

By exploring the patterns and trends of Kenya’s exports overtime, this project shows the important role of multi-product and multi-destination exporters in the expansion of exports for low income countries.

Research Note
8 Aug 2017

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