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Exporting to Fragile States in Africa: Firm‐level Evidence

Chacha and Edwards (2019) analyses the effect of fragility in destination markets on firm export behavior and the role of firm size in mediating adverse outcomes.

Journal Article
1 Aug 2019

Financial Access Constraints, Misallocation and Firm Performance in the Zimbabwean Informal Manufacturing Sector

In this paper, Kamutando (2019) examines the link between financial constraints, misallocation and firm growth in the informal manufacturing sector in Zimbabwe.

Working Paper
1 Aug 2019

Chinese Investment in Africa: How Much Do We Know?

There is a widespread belief that China plays a fundamental role in African economies, but few rigorous empirical studies to back up this view.

Synthesis Paper
17 Jul 2019

Special Economic Zones: Lessons from the Global Experience

Special economic zones (SEZs) or industrial parks can be an effective instrument to promote industrialization and structural transformation, but only when implemented properly in the right context. More than 50 years of experience with special export zones yields a mixed picture.

Synthesis Paper
16 Jul 2019

Facilitating Innovative Growth of Low-Cost Private Schools: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan

The primary objective of this project, by Khwaja, Das and Andrabi (2019) is to understand what factors constrain growth and innovation in Low-Cost Private Schools (LCPS) with an emphasis on alleviating financial and educational quality in enhancing constraints.

Research Note
24 Jun 2019

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

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

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

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

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