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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.

Journal Article
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.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2018

Identifying Productivity Spillovers Using the Structure of Production Networks

Despite the importance of agglomeration externalities in theoretical work, evidence for their nature, scale, and scope remains elusive, particularly in developing countries.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2018

When Regional Policies Fail: An Evaluation of Indonesia’s Integrated Economic Development Zones

Throughout the developing world, many countries have created special economic zones to attract investment and spur industrial growth.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2018

The Impact of Monitoring Technologies on Contracts and Employee Behavior: Experimental Evidence from Kenya's Transit Industry

Agency theory suggests that moral hazard in employer-employee contracting constrains firm profits. Kelley et al.

Working Paper
6 Nov 2018

Hostel Takeover: Living Conditions, Reference Dependence, and the Well-Being of Migrant Workers

Adhvaryu, Nyshadham and Xu (2018) report impacts of a randomized housing quality improvement intervention among Indian migrant workers.

Working Paper
6 Nov 2018

Competition, Financial Constraints and Misallocation: Plant-Level Evidence from Indian Manufacturing

This working paper by Galle (2018) demonstrates a dual impact of increased competition on misallocation in a setting with both oligopolistic competition and financial constraints.

Working Paper
1 Oct 2018

Management in Pakistan: Performance and Conflict

Working with the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Choudhary, Lemos and Van Reenen (2018) collect data on management practices in Pakistan covering 2015 and 2010 in about 4,500 manufacturing firms. They find very large variations within and between the provinces in our survey.

Working Paper
30 Sep 2018

Who Creates New Firms When Local Opportunities Arise?

New firm formation is a critical driver of job creation, and an important contributor to the responsiveness of the economy to aggregate shocks.

Working Paper
18 Sep 2018

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