Kenya

Female Entrepreneurship and the Burden of House Work: A Randomised Experiment on the Role of Access to Light

This novel experiment finds evidence that small-scale lighting solutions can help households living in off-grid rural areas to shift from farm to non-farm livelihoods, thereby helping stimulate the very first steps in the direction of economic transformation of rural communities.

Research Note
7 Apr 2017

Management Information Systems and Firm Performance: Experimental Evidence from a Large Agribusiness Company in Kenya

A randomized experiment run in partnership with a large agri-business sugar company in Kenya shows that a mobile-based query system can improve the company's performance in the management of the provision of inputs to the company’s cane suppliers and generate positive geographic spillovers.

Research Note
3 Mar 2017

Baseline for an Information Intervention in the Agro-inputs Market in Kenya

This project investigates the existence of a ‘market for lemons’, i.e. markets sell only low quality products since sellers are not able to signal high quality products to consumers, for agro-inputs in rural Kenya.

Research Project
2 Mar 2017

The Role of Loss Aversion in Take-up and Repayment of Financing Contracts

This project uses a randomized controlled experiment to test the role of behavioural factors in the high take-up rates and subsequent high repayments for asset-collateralized loans.

Research Project
2 Mar 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
1 Mar 2017

A Firm of One’s Own: Experimental Evidence on Credit Constraints and Occupational Choice

This study by Brudevold-Newman, Honorati, Jakiela and Ozier (2017) presents results from a randomized evaluation of two labor market interventions targeted to young women aged 18 to 19 years in three of Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods.

Working Paper
1 Feb 2017

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya's Public Transport Sector (Stage Two)

This project expands a previous intervention that implemented a fleet management system in Kenya’s semi-formal public transport system along three margins: possible negative effects of the tracking system, role of cash incentives in enhancing safety and increasing duration and participation to the pilot.

Research Project
13 Jan 2017

Competition and Firm Entry in Agricultural Markets

This project aims to quantify the competitiveness of rural agricultural markets, and to test whether the entry of new intermediaries into markets can enhance competition and increase consumer welfare.

Research Project
15 Dec 2016

General Equilibrium Effects of Cash Transfers: Enterprise Dynamics

This project aims to better understand the capacity of informal SMEs to be a dynamic driver of private sector growth, specifically when granted unconditional government cash transfers.

Research Project
15 Dec 2016

Increasing Productivity and Safety of SMEs by Monitoring Drivers in Kenya’s Public Transport Sector

This project will provide monitoring technology to SMEs in a randomized controlled trial to improve their ability to write effective contracts with their employees.

Research Project
15 Dec 2016

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