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Do Apprentices Substitute for Paid Workers? Evidence from an Experiment with Ghanaian Microenterprises

This study conducts a two-stage randomized controlled trial involving a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program to examine the impacts of apprenticeship labour inputs on different firm outcomes. 

Research Project
18 Nov 2014

Impact Evaluation of the "Entreprenant" Status in Benin

The research team conducts an impact evaluation of the entreprenant status on formalization in Benin by conducting a randomized controlled trial offering different packages of incentives to informal businesses. 

Research Project
16 Oct 2014

Joint Lending, not Borrowing: a New Approach to Credit and Entrepreneurship in LDCs

By creating a theoretical model along with a unique, novel data set, this project sheds light on the relationship between credit and investor partnerships and the resulting level of entrepreneurship.  

Research Project
9 Oct 2014

Creating a Micro-Level Dataset on Innovation in Nigeria

This project aims to harmonize and make public two innovation surveys of Nigeria from 2007 and 2011 in order to fill a gap in existing African data, and to create a comprehensive picture and research tool for Nigerian industry. 

Research Project
9 Oct 2014

What are the Barriers to Industrial Upgrading? Evidence from Pakistan

By studying the football and surgical goods industries of Pakistan, this project seeks to identify barriers to upgrading in manufacturing firms such as high costs of high-quality inputs and fixed costs of innovation. 

Research Project
5 Aug 2014

The Role of Asian Investment in Manufacturing in Catalyzing Economic Development in Africa

This project aims to quantify the relationship between Foreign Direct Investment and domestic firm development by building on an existing study of Chinese and Indian investment in the processed leather sector in Ethiopia. 

Research Project
4 Aug 2014

Returns to Consulting for Women Entrepreneurs

This study builds on an earlier ERG project to carefully examine the causal mechanisms by which business skills training affects business outcomes using high frequency follow-up surveys.

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Agglomeration Externalities, Spatial Policies and Welfare

This project draws on rich Indonesian data to study the externalities and impacts of agglomeration in order for relevant insight into spatially targeted policies for manufacturing firms in Low-Income Countries (LICs). 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Measuring and Modelling Market Frictions and their Interaction as a Determinant of Aggregate Sector Performance

This project draws on ongoing data collection methods to understand small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Low-Income Countries (LICs) and their financial activities, in order to create models for policy recommendations designed to address market frictions.

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

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