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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

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

Price-setting Behavior and Competition in Developing Countries: An Analysis of Retail Outlets in Lesotho

Nchake, Edwards and Sundaram (2018) study the relationship between price-setting behavior and the degree of competition in a setting where markets and information flows are relatively imperfect.

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

Entry Regulation and the Formalization of Microenterprises in Developing Countries

Is there a policy rationale for actively trying to encourage small firms to formalise? In the last two decades, hundreds of regulatory reforms have been implemented in countries across the world with the primary objective of making it easier to formally register a business.

Policy Insight
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

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