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The Importance of Protecting Export-Oriented Firms

The COVID-19 crisis has hit everywhere at once. Lower-income countries should not expect large inflows of aid; they will be left largely to their own resources. Those resources are limited, so lower-income countries need to find leverage wherever they can.

Policy Insight
22 Jun 2020

Peer Networks and Entrepreneurship: A Pan-African RCT

Do business interaction and exchange of ideas among peers foster entrepreneurship?

Research Note
4 Feb 2020

Chinese Investment in Africa: How Much Do We Know?

There is a widespread belief that China plays a fundamental role in African economies, but few rigorous empirical studies to back up this view.

Synthesis Paper
17 Jul 2019

Special Economic Zones: Lessons from the Global Experience

Special economic zones (SEZs) or industrial parks can be an effective instrument to promote industrialization and structural transformation, but only when implemented properly in the right context. More than 50 years of experience with special export zones yields a mixed picture.

Synthesis Paper
16 Jul 2019

Time Perception and Industrialization: Divergence and Convergence of Work Ethics in Chinese Enterprises in Africa

As Chinese investors set up business operations in Africa, disagreements between Chinese and Africans regarding work attitudes have emerged.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2019

Getting Capital to Microenterprises: What do we know about why and how?

Recent research illuminates the opportunity to increase incomes of microenterprise owners through the provision of capital.

Policy Insight
1 Dec 2018

Chinese Investment in Africa: How Much Do We Know?

Many reports have described Chinese engagement in Africa as “neo-imperialism” and “authoritarian capitalism”, exploiting resources and local labour while undermining democracy.

Policy Insight
1 Dec 2018

Entry Regulation and the Formalization of Microenterprises in Developing Countries

Is there a policy rationale for actively trying to encourage small firms to formalise? In the last two decades, hundreds of regulatory reforms have been implemented in countries across the world with the primary objective of making it easier to formally register a business.

Policy Insight
1 Dec 2018

All in the family? CEO succession and firm organization

Family firms are the most prevalent type of firm in the world and account for a large proportion of the economic activity and employment, especially in developing countries.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2018

Management as a Technology

Are some management practices akin to a technology that can explain company and national productivity, or do they simply reflect contingent management styles?

Working Paper
8 Oct 2017

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