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Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Transformation in Africa

This paper analyzes the relationship between inward FDI and structural transformation of local labour markets in Africa.

Working Paper
23 Jan 2023

The experience of small firm owners in Ghana during the COVID-19 pandemic: A gender-based analysis

We document differences in the experiences of firms and firm owners by gender during the early COVID-19 crisis in Ghana. Female-owned firms are more likely to close during the Spring of 2020, but equally likely to be open by July 2020.

C-19 Note
11 Jan 2023

Can mobile money adoption induce microenterprises to formalize? Evidence from a field experiment in Burkina Faso

This paper examines whether mobile money adoption can induce informal firms to formalize, an aspect that has been overlooked in the empirical literature.

Working Paper
8 Dec 2022

African Continental Integration and Firm Awareness of Trade Policy: Evidence from a Kenyan Pilot Study

This project assesses the importance of an as-yet underappreciated potential barrier to international trade and firm growth: firms being uninformed about trade costs and unaware of trade agreements relevant to their sector.

Working Paper
8 Dec 2022

Misattribution and uncertainty about Beliefs Prevent Learning

We study how incorrect and uncertain beliefs about product quality can persist in equilibrium, using the example of fertilizer in East Africa.

Working Paper
7 Dec 2022

Earnings Inequality and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from Brazil

Increases in the minimum wage can substantially reduce earnings inequality. To demonstrate this, we combine administrative and survey data with an equilibrium model of the Brazilian labor market.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2022

Firm Culture: Examining the Role of Gender in Job Matching in an Online African Labor Market

Africa has some of the highest rates of unemployment globally, yet there is limited understanding of the sources of labor market frictions due to data scarcity.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2022

Female Microentrepreneurs: Is the Home Calling Louder than the Business?

Can female microentrepreneurs extend their working hours to seize additional business opportunities?

Research Note
29 Nov 2022

High-Speed Internet, Financial Technology and Banking

This research investigates the relationship between high-speed internet, financial technology, and banking.

Research Note
23 Nov 2022

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