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Globalization and Female Empowerment: Evidence from Myanmar

This paper examines whether globalization promotes female empowerment by improving the job opportunities available to women. Previous work has documented that exporting causally improved working conditiosn at predominationly female garment factories in Myanmar.

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8 Oct 2021

Small business training to improve management practices in developing countries: re-assessing the evidence for ‘training doesn’t work’

Despite the popularity of business training among policy-makers, its use has faced increasing scepticism. Most of the first randomized experiments could not detect statistically significant impacts of training on firm profits or sales.

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29 Jun 2021

Fixed Costs, Markups and Concentration in Eswatini (Swaziland): A Firm-level Analysis of Panel Data

This paper documents the evolution of markups and concentration, detects causality between firm churning and markups/concentration, and determines the impact of fixed costs on markups.

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26 Jun 2021

Measuring the unmeasured: Aggregating, anchoring, and adjusting to estimate small business performance

Business sales and profits for small firms are notoriously difficult to measure, with multiple sources of measurement and recall error.

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1 Jun 2021

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

Existing theories of democratic reversals emphasize that elites mount actions like coups when democracy is particularly threatening to their interests.

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21 May 2021

The effect of rainfall shocks on early childhood development in Uganda

Shocks faced in early life have been linked with persistent inequalities in long-term health and economic outcomes. This paper studies the link between seasonal rainfall shocks and early childhood development in rural Uganda.

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1 Mar 2021

It Takes Two: Experimental Evidence on the Determinants of Technology Diffusion

Hardy and McCasland (2021) report on an experiment that brings insights from the literature on demand-side determinants of technology adoption to the study of peer-to-peer diffusion.

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1 Mar 2021

Falling living standards during the COVID-19 crisis: Quantitative evidence from nine developing countries

Despite numerous journalistic accounts, systematic quantitative evidence on economic conditions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic remains scarce for most low- and middle-income countries, partly due to limitations of official economic statistics in environments wit

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5 Feb 2021

Relationships on the Rocks: Contract Evolution in a Market for Ice

Firms use relational contracts to support repeated trade. Do these informal agreements evolve in response to market conditions? In a market for ice, firms reestablish relationships on new terms when a prior agreement breaks down.

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1 Jan 2021

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