Unlocking data for understanding markets and firms

An Analysis of Alternative Paths to Export-Led Industrialization in African Countries: Evidence from Ethiopia and Tanzania

Growth-promoting structural change explains much of Africa's recent growth boom, especially in Ethiopia, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania. In these countries, however, structural change has not been accompanied by labor productivity growth in the nonagricultural sectors. In fact, the expansion of services and manufacturing has typically been accompanied by low or negative productivity growth in these same sectors.

Research Project
20 Sep 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

Business-to-Business Information Sharing and the Foundations of Reputational Motives for Contract Compliance

When does it make sense for a business that has gained private information about a supplier or customer to share that information, and with whom? This project aims to answer this question in the context of Nigerian traders.

Research Project
21 Nov 2018

Making Forgotten Firm Data Available for Research in Swaziland

This project aims to bring a firm-level dataset collected by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) in Swaziland to the broader research domain, to standardize the data series over time and provide documentation to allow for the use of this data by a larger community of researchers.

Research Project
19 Nov 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

Skills for Growth: Human Capital Deficits, Labour Market Frictions, and Firm-level Productivity in Developing Economies

This project aims to run a pilot study in Bangladesh measuring differences in frictions that firms encounter in hiring and retaining workers of various skills.

Research Project
7 Jun 2018

Improving Management of Small Firms in Kenya

This project aims to understand the impacts of a light touch management training on small firms in Kenya.

Research Project
7 Jun 2018

Outcome-based Incentives in Export Markets

This project attempts to provide rigorous evidence on what governments can do to facilitate the transition from low-value added to high-value added exports (product diversification) or entry into new export markets (market diversification).

Research Project
6 Jun 2018

Demand-driven, Private Sector Enforcement of Labour Law in Bangladesh

This project studies which are the effects of private actors enforcing labour standards in Bangladesh on local firms and workers.

Research Project
5 Jun 2018

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