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Misperceived Quality: Fertilizer in Tanzania

Fertilizer use remains below recommended rates in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, contributing to low crop yields and poverty. Michelson et al. (2021) explore the role of fertilizer quality.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2021

Distinguishing Constraints on Financial Inclusion and Their Impact on GDP, TFP, and Inequality

A general equilibrium model featuring multiple realistic sources of financial frictions is developed to study how different constraints interact in equilibrium.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2021

Markups and Concentration in Eswatini: A Firm-Level Analysis of Panel Data

This paper documents the evolution of markups and concentration, detects causality between firm churning and markups/concentration, and determines the impact of fixed/sunk costs on markups.

Working Paper
29 Dec 2020

Globalization and Female Empowerment: Evidence from Myanmar

Molina and Tanaka (2020) examine whether globalization promotes female empowerment by improving the jobs available to women. Previous work has documented that exporting causally improved working conditions at predominantly female garment factories in Myanmar.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2020

Competition and Entry in Agricultural Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

African agricultural markets are characterized by low farmer revenues and high consumer food prices. Many have worried that this wedge is partially driven by imperfect competition among intermediaries.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2020

Do Marketing Channel Reforms Increase Competition? Evidence from Indian Produce Markets

In this paper Alé Chilet and Itin-Shwartz (2020) study the effectiveness of marketing channel liberalization in increasing competition among traders and prices obtained by farmers for their produce.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2020

Misallocation in the Market for Inputs: Enforcement and the Organization of Production

The strength of contract enforcement determines how firms source inputs and organize production.

Journal Article
1 Nov 2020

Gotta' Have Money to Make Money? Bargaining Behaviour and Financial Need of Microentrepreneurs

Bargaining over purchase prices with microenterprise owners in Ghana, Hardy et al. (2020) show that poorer sellers agree to significantly lower prices than wealthier peers.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2020

Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda

Alfonsi, Bandiera, Bassi, Burgess, Rasul, Sulaiman and Vitali (2020) design a labor market experiment to compare demand- and supply-side policies to tackle youth unemployment, a key issue in low-income countries.

Journal Article
1 Nov 2020

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