Distinguishing Constraints on Financial Inclusion and Their Impact on GDP, TFP, and Inequality

A general equilibrium model featuring multiple realistic sources of financial frictions is developed to study how different constraints interact in equilibrium.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2021

Worker Heterogeneity and Job Search: Evidence from a Six-Year Experiment in Uganda

Developing countries face the challenge of aiding large cohorts of labour market entrants find good jobs. How to do so is complicated by job seekers differing in their skills, information and traits. Bandiera et al.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2020

Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda

Alfonsi, Bandiera, Bassi, Burgess, Rasul, Sulaiman and Vitali (2020) design a labor market experiment to compare demand- and supply-side policies to tackle youth unemployment, a key issue in low-income countries.

Journal Article
1 Nov 2020

Market Access and Quality Upgrading: Evidence from a Randomised Experiment in the Coffee Sector in Uganda

This project will examine whether quality-upgrading incentives and access to a buyer willing to pay a premium for high-quality products can raise profits and welfare in Uganda.

Research Project
1 Oct 2020

Achieving Scale Collectively

Technology is often embodied in expensive and indivisible capital goods. As a result, the small scale of firms in developing countries could hinder investment and productivity. Bassi et al.

Working Paper
31 Jul 2020

Engaging the Private Sector in the Refugee Crises: Evidence from Uganda

Through an RCT, this project will test mechanisms to alleviate frictions relating to the economic integration of forced migrants.

Research Project
1 Jul 2020

COVID-19, Firm Dynamics and Market Structure in Urban Uganda

This project will document firm and market dynamics in Uganda  before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Government-Firm Relationships during COVID-19

This project seeks to understand the challenges faced by firms in Uganda in the current crisis and how they are responding to them.

Research Project
29 Jun 2020

Loan Contract Structure and Adverse Selection: Survey Evidence from Uganda

While adverse selection is an important theoretical explanation for credit rationing it is difficult to quantify empirically.

Journal Article
1 Apr 2020

Why Do Firms in Low-Income Countries Grow Slowly? An Investigation of Demand-Side Mechanisms

This project examines demand-side constraints to the growth of firms in Uganda including search and contracting frictions related to asymmetric information on quality.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019