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Business Registration Impact Evaluation (BRIE)

This research team is carrying out a large-scale randomized trial that offers small informal firms different business registration services as well as information sessions on the benefits of separating business from household finances in Malawi to estimate the causal impact of enterprise formalization on business performance.

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Is Poor Management Holding Back African Development?

These researchers use their existing in-depth survey methodology to collect extensive management data on three African countries and Brazil and investigate differences in management practices and productivity across firms and countries.

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Easing Constraints for Small Firm Expansion in Uganda: Measuring Indirect Spillovers Through Inter-Firm Networks

Building on an existing large-scale randomized controlled trial involving Ugandan SMEs, this project measures the spillover effects of several business expansion interventions on the business practices of firms that belong to the ‘treated’ firms’ social, business and market networks. 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Virtual Social Networks and Entrepreneurship in Low-Income Countries: A Randomized Controlled Experiment in Ghana

This experiment investigates the potential of virtual social networks and access to technology in promoting innovative entrepreneurship in Low-Income Countries. 

Research Project
25 Jul 2014

Registry Data in Burma: Mapping the Country’s Manufacturing Industry and Related Infrastructure

This project seeks to create a database of micro level firm data from Myanmar’s manufacturing sector to promote further research and policy insights. 

Research Project
24 Jul 2014

Management Practices in the Manufacturing Sector in Pakistan

This project analyses management practices in Pakistan to explore whether weak management hinders productivity and innovation, and thus explain the differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and developed countries.

Research Project
23 Jul 2014

Measuring the Unmeasured: Combining Technology and Survey Design to Filter Noise in Self-Reported Business Outcomes

The research team has designed a new electronic survey tool to reduce the high levels of measurement error in data on micro-enterprise sales and profits and tests this new approach in a randomized controlled trial among micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana.  

Research Project
22 Jul 2014

Firm Entry Barriers, Growth Constraints, and Job Creation (Stage One)

This project considers financial constraints as barriers to entry and growth and examines whether easing these constraints can induce entry of more dynamic start-ups with greater long-run growth potential than by removing explicit entry barriers.

Research Project
21 Jul 2014

Learning and Productivity within Organizations: Evidence from Bangladeshi Garment Factories

Focusing on Bangladeshi Ready Made Garment factories, this project provides micro-evidence of on-the-job learning between co-workers and aims to identify the conditions under which the productivity effects of this on-the-job learning are particularly strong. 

Research Project
20 Jul 2014

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