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Learning Dynamics and Managerial Quality

Adhvaryu, Nyshadham and Tamayo (2017) study 5 distinct factors of managerial quality that are likely to impact learning by doing within the firm: vocation-specific experience, managerial autonomy, cognitive skills, personality, and demographic relatability to workers.

Research Note
4 Aug 2017

Understanding Firm Exit: Evidence from Bangladesh

Mobarak and Singhal (2017) present novel evidence on short run exit among urban firms in a developing country. Exit rates are high but surprisingly similar to those for small firms in the United States, and vary systematically by age of the firm, number of employees, and industrial sector.

Research Note
3 Aug 2017

Understanding Regulatory Cost and Effectiveness: Evidence from India

Pande and Sudarshan (2017) compile a unique dataset on India’s controversial environmental clearance (EC) process, the system through which large investment projects receive government approval before breaking ground.

Research Note
3 Aug 2017

Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer Ball Producers in Pakistan

This paper by Atkin, Chaudhry, Chaudry, Khandelwal, and Verhoogen (2017), published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, studies technology adoption in a cluster of soccer-ball producers in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Journal Article
1 Aug 2017

Understanding the Employment Preferences of Low-income skilled Labour in India

Preliminary results indicate that trainees have strong preferences over salary and job locations and their placement officers (who are solely responsible for trainee placements) have poor knowledge of these preferences.

Research Note
3 Jul 2017

Relationships, Risk and Rents: Evidence from a Market for Ice

Firms frequently engage in repeated trade despite the availability of alternative business partners. A large literature shows how such relationships affect market outcomes, but less is known about how changes in market structure affect these relationships.

Working Paper
21 Jun 2017

Social Origins of Dictatorship: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Existing theories of democratic reversals emphasize that economic incentives should determine when elites resist democracy. Naidu, Robinson and Young (2017) argue that the capacity to organize coups against democracy is also important, and is shaped by the structure of the social network.

Research Note
13 Jun 2017

Price Effects of Borders Between Lesotho and South Africa

Despite efforts to increase integration within Africa, product markets remain segmented between countries.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2017

Cartel Damages to the Economy: An Assessment for Developing Countries

Competition policy implementation and enforcement, including cartel deterrence and detection, require substantial investments. Therefore, it is important to understand to what extent these investments are compensated in terms of prevented damages to consumers.

Book Chapter
1 Jun 2017

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