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Peer Networks and Entrepreneurship: A Pan-African RCT

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

Research Note
4 Feb 2020

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 Paper
17 Jul 2019

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 Paper
17 Jul 2019

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 Paper
17 Jul 2019

Management and Productivity in the Private Sector

What explains differences in productivity across firms and countries? For the past decade, a project called the World Management Survey (WMS) has been collecting management data to understand the role of management practices as an important factor in explaining variation in firm productivity.

Policy Paper
17 Jul 2019

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.

Policy 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.

Policy 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

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. We consider firms to be “family controlled” when the founding family owns over 25% of shares and the CEO is a family member.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2018

Horizontal and Vertical Polarization: Task-Specific Technological Change in a Multi-Sector Economy

Yoon Lee and Shin (2017) analyze the effect of technological change in a novel framework that integrates an economy's skill distribution with its occupational and industrial structure. Individuals become managers or workers based on their managerial vs.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2017

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