Modelling market frictions in LICs using newly available data

Management Information Systems and Firm Performance: Experimental Evidence From a Large Agribusiness Company in Kenya

By implementing two pilot studies on the use of communications technologies in a large agribusiness company in Kenya, the researchers examined the impact of innovations in management information systems on firm performance.

Research Project
18 Jun 2014

Returns to Consulting for Women Entrepreneurs

This research identifies the changes in business processes resulting from technical assistance and business skills training to female entrepreneurs in Central Uganda.

Research Project
16 Jun 2014

Innovation in an Emerging Economy: Lessons from Indian Patent Data

This study exploits a set of natural experiments to identify the causal impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on Indian innovative activity, as well as the impact of foreign multinationals' use of IPR protection on Indian firms.

Research Project
15 Jun 2014

Interacting and Sharing the Gains in Buyer-Seller Relationships: Garment in Bangladesh

This project aims to address how gains are appropriated in a trading relationship by estimating the parameters of firms’ cost functions and uncovering their profit-sharing rules. 

Research Project
14 Jun 2014

Direct and Indirect Impacts of Credit Scoring for Small and Medium Enterprises

This project estimates the spillover effects on competing firms and through the supply chain of an credit intervention with SMEs.

Research Project
13 Jun 2014

Inside the Production Function: the Effect of Financial Contracts on Growing Firms' Technology Use. Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Uganda

This investigation aims to provide evidence on the effect of credit contract terms on nascent firms' use of inputs, profits, and repayment performance through a rigorous pilot survey.

Research Project
12 Jun 2014

Exploring Dynamics in South African Firms

This project aims to analyze job creation and destruction in private enterprises in South Africa since 2005, and also explores electronic archives to find historic data on firm dynamics from the 1960s onwards, providing fascinating insights into job creation in the face of massive unemployment.

Research Project
9 Jun 2014

Credit Constraints and Risk in Commodity Supply Chains in Sierra Leone and Liberia

In post-conflict settings, credit constraints and risk are often prevalent and binding. This project uses an experiment to estimate the competing effects of credit constraints and risk of retail firms at the end of commodity supply chains in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Research Project
7 Jun 2014

Borrower Switching Behaviour, Market Dominance and Bank Competition of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Credit in Zambia

Zambia has been implementing market-based financial sector reforms since 1992, and is currently implementing phase II of its Financial Sector Development Plan. There is some evidence that these reforms have improved the efficiency of bank operations and boosted industrial production. There are still concerns, however, that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have only limited access to bank credit at high cost, and that this has constrained their ability to grow and increase productivity.

Research Project
4 Dec 2012

What causes dispersion in revenue and output across firms? The brick industry in India

Firms in developing countries exhibit large variations in revenue and output, (given the level of their inputs). A number of researchers have suggested that this is due to “capital misallocation”, i.e. capital does not flow to the households, firms, and entrepreneurs who can use it most productively. There are, however, other plausible explanations of the variability of input-adjusted revenue. One is that firms with greater market power (perhaps because they are more innovative) may charge higher prices and thus generate greater revenues from identical production functions.

Research Project
4 Dec 2012