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The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: Evidence from Lagos

Property rights are important for economic exchange, but in much of the world they are not publicly guaranteed. Private market associations can fill this gap by providing an institutional structure to enforce agreements, but with this power comes the ability to extort from group members.

Working Paper
2 Oct 2019

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

Alfonsi, Bandiera, Bassi, Burgess, Rasul, Sulaiman and Vitali (2019) design a labor market experiment to compare demand- and supply-side policies to tackle youth unemployment, a key issue in low-income countries.

Working Paper
2 Oct 2019

Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth: 5-Year Evidence on Factory Job Offers and Cash Grants in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Blattman, Dercon and Franklin (2019) randomly assign mostly female jobseekers to receive an industrial job offer or an unconditional cash transfer, meant to spur self-employment.

Research Note
12 Sep 2019

Getting Capital to Microenterprises: What do we know about why and how?

Recent research illuminates the opportunity to increase incomes of microenterprise owners through the provision of capital.

Policy Paper
17 Jul 2019

Chinese Investment in Africa: How Much Do We Know?

Many reports have described Chinese engagement in Africa as “neo-imperialism” and “authoritarian capitalism”, exploiting resources and local labour while undermining democracy.

Policy Paper
17 Jul 2019

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 Paper
17 Jul 2019

Management and Productivity in the Private Sector

What explains differences in productivity across firms and countries? For the past decade, a project called the World Management Survey (WMS) has been collecting management data to understand the role of management practices as an important factor in explaining variation in firm productivity.

Policy Paper
17 Jul 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.

Policy 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.

Policy Paper
16 Jul 2019

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