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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

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

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

The Effects of Joining Multinational Supply Chains: New Evidence from Firm-to-Firm Linkages

This working paper, by Alfaro-Urena, Manelici and Vasquez (2019), investigates the effects of becoming a supplier to multinational corporations (MNCs) using administrative data tracking all firm-to-firm transactions in Costa Rica.

Working Paper
24 Apr 2019

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
18 Mar 2019

Joint Lending, Not Borrowing: A New Approach to Credit and Entrepreneurship in LDCs

Wan and Chandrasekhar (2019) study how the quality of decision making, in this case by credit officers, depends on (1) whether decisions are made at the group or individual level, (2) whether soft information is available beyond hard information, and (3) the incentive structure that officers face.

Research Note
26 Feb 2019

Negotiating Business and Family Demands within a Patriarchal Society - The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in the Nepalese Context

The aim of this paper, published in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, is to advance our understanding of how women negotiate their business and family demands in a developing country context.

Working Paper
4 Feb 2019

Competition, Financial Constraints and Misallocation: Plant-level Evidence from Indian Manufacturing

A commonly held and highly intuitive view is that intensified competition will improve the allocation of resources in an economy, by shifting resources to more productive firms.

Research Note
21 Jan 2019

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