Kenya

COVID-19-Induced Cash Flow Constraints and the Burden of Taxation: A Study with the Kenya Revenue Authority

This project will study the effect of the coronavirus crisis on formal economic activity and tax collection in Kenya, evaluate the impact of changes to tax policy in reaction to it and explore low-cost interventions that could encourage tax compliance.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Monitoring and Accountability for Public Service Delivery: A Study of Electricity Reliability to Health Services Providers in Rural Kenya

This project evaluates the effects of greater public awareness on electricity reliability to health services providers in Kenya.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Shocks to Supply Chains and Market Dynamics in a Crisis

This project examines the impact of supply chain disruptions and demand shocks on formal firms and production networks in Kenya.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Resilience to Economic Shocks through Continued Electricity Access in Kenya

This project employs a field experiment to study how access to affordable electricity can improve the economic resilience of workers and firms to the coronavirus crisis.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Enterprise Responses to Redistribution in Kenya

This project studies a randomized, large-scale unconditional cash transfer program in Kenya, and find a meaningful increase in revenues for enterprises in areas experiencing a greater volume of cash transfers.

Research Note
27 Feb 2020

Harnessing ICT to Increase Agricultural Production: Evidence From Kenya

Sending SMS messages with agricultural advice to smallholder farmers increased yields by 11.5% relative to a control group with no messages. These effects are concentrated among farmers who had no agronomy training and had little interaction with sugar cane company staff at baseline.

Working Paper
23 Sep 2019

Competition and Entry in Agricultural Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

African agricultural markets are characterized by low farmer revenues and high consumer food prices. Many have worried that this wedge is partially driven by imperfect competition among intermediaries.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2019

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

Developing a “Product-Market Experimentation & Fit” Measurement Tool and Testing its Effectiveness via an RCT with Lean Start-up Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Uganda

This project aims to improve our understanding of ‘demand-side factors’ related to why some small firms succeed and scale-up, while others do not.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

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