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Graduating Microenterprises to SME-Level Credit

This randomized evaluation studies the effects of incentivising microfinance loan officers to identify clients with the highest potential returns on their loans, in order to test the hypothesis that the business model of classic microfinance institutions might be one of the reasons why high-growth microentrepreneurs have difficulty accessing SME-level loans. 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Matching and Relationships in Export markets: Empirical Investigations Using the Mexico-US Matched Exporter-Importer Dataset

This project investigates the consequences of market frictions in export markets for the exporting costs and benefits faced by firms in developing countries, using a novel Mexico-U.S. matched exporter-importer dataset. 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

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

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