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Social, Formal, and Political Determinants of Trade under Weak Rule of Law: Experimental Evidence from Senegalese Firms

When contracting institutions are weak or exploitable, firms in developing countries rely on a mixture of social and formal heuristics to select business partners.

Working Paper
17 Jun 2019

Learning Management Through Matching: A Field Experiment Using Mechanism Design

What is the effect of exposing motivated youth to firm management in practice? To answer this question, Abebe, Fafchamps, Koelle and Quinn (2019) place young professionals for one month in established firms to shadow middle managers.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2019

Time Perception and Industrialization: Divergence and Convergence of Work Ethics in Chinese Enterprises in Africa

As Chinese investors set up business operations in Africa, disagreements between Chinese and Africans regarding work attitudes have emerged.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2019

The Bigger the Better? Using Lotteries to Identify the Allocative Efficiency Effects of Firms Size

This study (Carrillo, Donaldson, Pomeranz and Singhal, 2019) uses lotteries for public procurement contracts in Ecuador to understand the role that public procurement may play in fostering economic growth in developing economies.

Research Note
29 May 2019

Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity

The assignment of workers to tasks is an important feature of the organization of production within firms. Adhvaryu, Kala and Nyshadham (2017) study how task allocation across workers changes in response to productivity shocks.

Working Paper
1 May 2019

Measuring Productivity: Lessons from Tailored Surveys and Productivity Benchmarking

Atkin et al. use tailored surveys and benchmarking in the flat-weave rug industry to better understand the shortcomings of standard productivity measures. Quantity-based productivity (TFPQ) performs poorly because of variation in product specifications across firms.

Journal Article
1 May 2019

Sell Low and Buy High: Arbitrage and Local Price Effects in Kenyan Markets

Large and regular seasonal price fluctuations in local grain markets appear to offer African farmers substantial intertemporal arbitrage opportunities, but these opportunities remain largely unexploited.

Journal Article
1 May 2019

Unpacking the Determinants of Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment for Women in Kenya

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO)’s Gender and Entrepreneurship Together training programme (GET Ahead) seeks to enhance women’s opportunities in entrepreneurship through knowledge and skills development in business and management.

Working Paper
1 Apr 2019

Impacts of industrial and entrepreneurial jobs on youth: 5-year experimental evidence on factory job offers and cash grants in Ethiopia

Blattman et al. (2019) study two interventions for underemployed youth across five Ethiopian sites: a $300 grant to spur self-employment, and a job offer to an industrial firm.

Working Paper
1 Apr 2019

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