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Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey Microenterprises

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2020) analyzes the effects of differences in survey frequency and medium on microenterprise survey data. A sample of enterprises were randomly assigned to monthly in-person, weekly in-person, or weekly phone surveys for a 12-week panel.

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1 Jun 2020

To Formalize or Not to Formalize: Women Entrepreneurs’ Sensemaking of Business Registration in the Context of Nepal

Despite the depiction of decisions to formalize informal firms as rational and ethical, many entrepreneurs in developing countries continue to operate informally regardless of its perceived illicit status.

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22 May 2020

Loan Contract Structure and Adverse Selection: Survey Evidence from Uganda

While adverse selection is an important theoretical explanation for credit rationing it is difficult to quantify empirically.

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1 Apr 2020

The Consequences of Treating Electricity as a Right

This paper seeks to explain why billions of people in developing countries either have no access to electricity or lack a reliable supply.

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1 Feb 2020

The Agricultural Wage Gap: Evidence from Brazilian Micro-data

A key feature of developing economies is that wages in agriculture are below those of other sectors.

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1 Jan 2020

On the Origins of the State: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo

A positive demand shock for coltan, a mineral whose bulky output cannot be concealed, leads armed actors to create illicit customs and provide protection at coltan mines, where they settle as “stationary bandits.” A similar shock for gold, easy to conceal,

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1 Jan 2020

Competition and the Welfare Gains from Transportation Infrastructure: Evidence from the Golden Quadrilateral of India

A significant amount of resources is spent every year on the improvement of transportation infrastructure in developing countries.

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1 Dec 2019

Wage Fariness in a Subcontracted Labor Market

Labor market subcontracting is a global phenomenon. Basu et al.

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30 Nov 2019

Lights Off, Lights On: The Effects of Electricity Shortages on Small Firms

Entrepreneurs in developing countries report that unreliable electricity imposes a serious constraint, yet little evidence exists on how blackouts impact the micro-firms that account for the majority of employment.

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9 Nov 2019

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