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Brewing Success: Market Incentives to Improve The Quality of Kenyan Coffee

Coffee is Kenya's primary agricultural export and is an important source of employment and livelihoods in rural Kenya. While Kenya is world-renowned for fine Mild Arabica coffee of high average grade, the quality of Kenyan coffee is extremely uneven. Shortcomings in quality have sometimes been attributed to the cooperative nature of smallholder coffee sales.

Research Project
4 Dec 2012

The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

The evidence clearly suggests that exporting enterprises are more productive than enterprises that only sell domestically. The traditional explanation is that since export market participation is costly, the best enterprises self-select into export markets. Many policymakers believe, however, that export-oriented growth raises productivity through a variety of channels, such as learning from buyers, the need to exert greater effort in competitive foreign markets and the ability to exploit economies of scale.

Research Project
4 Dec 2012

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