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Market Power and Carbon Emissions in the Amazon

The beef cattle sector is the leading driver of deforestation worldwide and a major source of carbon emissions. In this paper, I study how market power in the cattle supply chain shapes production and emissions in the Brazilian Amazon.

Working Paper
23 Oct 2023

Market Power and Carbon Emissions in the Amazon

Market power can be beneficial to the environment – by distorting production to lower levels, emissions also decrease. But what happens when the regions affected by market power are the most productive, lowest emitters?

Research Note
23 Oct 2023

Kinship Pressure and Firm-Worker Matching Distortions

Many small businesses in low-income countries hire employees from their kinship networks. This fact is often attributed to hiring from the kinship network reducing contracting frictions or informational asymmetries.

Research Note
18 Oct 2023

Training Entrepreneurs

Aid agencies and governments spend more than a billion US$ on entrepreneurship training annually. What have we learned about the effectiveness of training? We review research on entrepreneurship training.

VoxDevLit
26 Sep 2023

Jobseekers’ Beliefs about Comparative Advantage and (Mis)Directed Search

Worker sorting into tasks and occupations based on their skills plays a potentially important role in aggregate labor productivity. This sorting may be inefficient if jobseekers do not apply to jobs that match their skills.

Working Paper
25 Sep 2023

Credit Supply Shocks and Firm Dynamics: Evidence from Brazil

We explore how financial constraints distort the entry decisions among otherwise productive entrepreneurs and limit growth of promising young firms.

Working Paper
19 Sep 2023

Managerial Practices and the Performance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Evidence from Burkina Faso

Organizational and managerial structure plays an important role in the productivity difference among firms. However, studies that assessed the quality of firm management and its link with their performance are still scanty.

Journal Article
13 Sep 2023

Restoring Trust: Evidence from the Fertiliser Market in Tanzania

A lack of trust in product quality can distort markets, reducing demand and investment. Can a low-touch information campaign improve confidence in fertiliser quality in Tanzania, raising demand for a critical agricultural input?

Research Note
29 Aug 2023

Restoring Trust: Evidence from the Fertiliser Market in Tanzania

A lack of reliable information about fertiliser quality depresses farmer demand, reducing crop yields and negatively impacting livelihoods.

Working Paper
25 Aug 2023

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