Uganda

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

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

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

Alfonsi, Bandiera, Bassi, Burgess, Rasul, Sulaiman and Vitali (2019) design a labor market experiment to compare demand- and supply-side policies to tackle youth unemployment, a key issue in low-income countries.

Working Paper
1 Aug 2019

Quality Upgrading and Competition: Theory and Evidence from Uganda's Coffee Sector

This project studies how market structure affects incentives for quality upgrading along developing
country value chains.

Research Project
27 Mar 2019

Understanding Productivity Dispersion

This project aims to collect new data from Uganda, in the hope of helping to provide an answer to the question of why some firms produce so much more output per worker than others, in developing countries.

Research Project
10 Dec 2018

Increasing Access to Training, Capital, and Networks: Two Planned Field Experiments with Small Firms in Uganda

This project addresses three key constraints that are particularly relevant to small firms in capital-intensive industries: knowledge constraints, market failures and lack of economies of scale.

Research Project
8 Jun 2018

Childcare for Firm Growth

This project will study one potential explanation behind female owned enterprises showing lower returns than their male counterparts: lack of access to childcare services.

Research Project
7 Jun 2018

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