Uganda

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

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

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

Information Frictions in Government-Firm Relationships

This project identifies the role of information frictions in the relationships between firms and government bodies.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

Achieving Scale Collectively: Evidence from Manufacturing Firms in Urban Uganda

It has long been argued that firms in developing countries enter small and struggle to grow large. This paper studies whether the small firm scale might itself hinder their labor productivity, thus spurring a vicious cycle of underdevelopment. Bassi et al.

Working Paper
23 Aug 2019

Financial deepening through loan pricing transparency and its impacts

This project investigates the role of access to comparative loan information in consumer borrowing decisions, and how providing easy-to-process comparative information improves decision making.

Research Project
1 Aug 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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