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Labour Market Power, Self-employment, and Development

Self-employment opportunities shape the market power of employers in low-income countries, with implications for manufacturing sector growth and industrial policy.

Research Note
9 Aug 2022

Search and Matching Frictions for Day Labourers in Pakistan

In this pilot study, we demonstrate that low-skilled day labourers who are socially connected to their employers have significantly higher chances of securing jobs, irrespective of having lower productivity than their lesser connected counterparts in Pakistan.

Research Note
8 Aug 2022

Terrorism Financing, Recruitment, and Attacks

This paper investigates the effect of terrorism financing and recruitment on attacks.

Journal Article
28 Jul 2022

Does the Invisible Hand Efficiently Guide Entry and Exit? Evidence from a Vegetable Market Experiment in India

What accounts for the ubiquity of small vendors operating side-by-side in the urban centers of developing countries? Why don’t competitive forces drive some vendors out of the market?

Working Paper
14 Jul 2022

Trust and Networks in Factories in Pakistan

This study examines which worker and team characteristics lead to higher productivity in factories in a developing country using surveys and experiments with factory workers across multiple functions in Pakistan.

Research Note
4 Jul 2022

Performance Ranks, Conformity, and Cooperation: Evidence from a Sweater Factory

Performance ranking triggers multiple social incentives for workers. On one hand, it offers status rewards to induce the workers to increase their effort. On the other, it introduces risks of social retribution from coworkers for outperforming them.

Working Paper
1 Jul 2022

Mechanizing Agriculture

What are the gains from mechanization? We run a randomized control trial that subsidizes access to equipment rental markets to study how the adoption of mechanization shifts farming households’ labor supply, farm productivity and labor demand.

Working Paper
1 Jul 2022

Product Market Competition and Management Quality among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Evidence from Burkina Faso

We examine how management quality is related to product market competition when firms are managed by their founders instead of hired managers.

Journal Article
27 Jun 2022

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