The dynamics of SMEs: informality and entrepreneurship

Transport and Recruitment of Female Workers: A Randomised Controlled Trial

This randomised controlled trial evaluates the impact of women-only bus services on the recruitment efforts of small firms and on women’s labor market participation in Lahore, Pakistan.

Research Project
6 Aug 2015

Binding Up the Nation's Wounds: An Economic Analysis of the Korean Reunification

A unique study collects North Korean data and estimates a structural model to simulate the potential reunification and integration scenario for the economies of North and South Korea. 

Research Project
19 Jun 2015

The Effects of Land Mines on Development and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Mozambique

A combination of geographical data on post-conflict land mines and micro-level economic data allows for the quantification of the long-run effects of land mines on economic performance and development of conflict-affected states such as Mozambique. 

Research Project
1 Jun 2015

The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

The first-ever impact evaluation of a randomized microfranchising intervention will investigate the “business in a box” model as a means to promote microenterpreneurship in Kenya.  

Research Project
1 Jun 2015

The Dynamics of Female Informal Enterprise Growth in Kenya and the Role of Reallocation in Returns to Business Training

By leveraging the ILO’s targeted business-training program for women called GET Ahead, this study will use a randomized control trial to help understand the dynamics of business growth of informal female-owned microenterprises in Kenya.

Research Project
1 Jun 2015

The Returns to Capital for SMEs: Evidence from India

This project will measure the extent of credit constraints in the SME sector in India while simultaneously evaluating a private-sector led project that provides these firms with better access to credit. 

Research Project
28 Apr 2015

Contractual Flexibility, Firm Growth, and Information Asymmetries in Microfinance: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh (Stage Two)

A randomized pilot experiment of BRAC Microfinance’s new flexible loan contract provides information on credit take-up, the pool of borrowers, and the potential for moral hazard abatement among microfinance borrowers. 

Research Project
25 Feb 2015

Overcoming Information Barriers to Firms Hiring Young, Inexperienced Work-Seekers

As a lack of information on worker and jobseeker skills may contribute to low firm productivity, this study aims to directly measure the consequences of improving information to employers about potential workers through twin randomized controlled trials. 

Research Project
25 Feb 2015

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya's Public Transport Sector (Stage One)

A field experiment to fit Kenyan minibuses with GPS fleet management technology will provide information about the effect of monitoring on market frictions and negative externalities due to driver behaviour. 

Research Project
25 Feb 2015

Enterprise Responses to Redistribution in Kenya

High-frequency data collection on a randomized treatment of SMEs will allow the researchers to study enterprise dynamics after a redistributive shock in the form of a cash transfer in rural Kenya. 

Research Project
25 Feb 2015

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