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Pathways to Profits: The Impact of Marketing versus Finance Skills on Business Performance

This paper by Anderson, Chandy and Zia (2017), published in Management Science, examines the impact of improvements in marketing skills relative to finance skills among small business owners.

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1 Dec 2018

8 Geese Flying to Ghana? A Case Study of the Impact of Chinese Investments on Africa’s Manufacturing Sector

China has significantly changed its engagement mode with Africa, shifting from trade of natural resources to investment in industrial sectors. Tang (2018) uses Ghana as a case study to examine why and how Chinese investors come to set up factories in Africa’s challenging business environment.

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1 Dec 2018

Dataset on retail outlet product prices for Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa

The data presented in this article by Nchake, Edwards and Rankin (2018) are related to the research article entitled “Closer monetary union and product market integration in emerging economies: Evidence from the Common Monetary Area in Southern Africa” (M. A. Nchake, L. Edwards, N. Rankin, 2017).

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1 Aug 2018

The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality

The idea that worker utility is affected by co-worker wages has potentially broad labor market implications.

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1 May 2018

Latent Advantage, Complex Challenges: Industrial Policy and Chinese Linkages in Ethiopia's Leather Sector

Industrial policy is back on the African policy agenda, with a number of countries following new strategies for rapid industrialization. None have done so more eagerly than Ethiopia.

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1 Apr 2018

The Supply of High Quality Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

This article analyses entrepreneurial interest and practice as well as the impact of an education policy among a representative sample of highly educated young Nigerians. Olofinyehun et al. (2018) use pooled cross-sectional data from 2007 and 2011 on about 27,000 undergraduates in over 50 schools.

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1 Apr 2018

Closer Monetary Union and Product Market Integration in Emerging Economies: Evidence from the Common Monetary Area in Southern Africa

This study by Nchake, Edwards and Rankin (2017), published in the International Review of Economics and Finance, utilizes detailed micro price data to estimate the impact of closer monetary union on the integration of product markets across countries, considering two policy shocks from Botswana.

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1 Mar 2018

Risk and Return in Village Economies

This paper by Samphantharak and Townsend (2018), published in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, provides a theory-based empirical framework for understanding the risk and return on productive capital assets and their allocation across activities in an economy characterized by idiosyncra

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1 Feb 2018

Does Inducing Informal Firms to Formalize Make Sense? Experimental Evidence from Benin

Efforts to bring informal firms into the formal sector are often based on a view that this will bring benefits to the firms themselves, or at least benefit governments through increasing the tax base.

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1 Jan 2018

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