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Social Origins of Dictatorship: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Existing theories of democratic reversals emphasize that economic incentives should determine when elites resist democracy. Naidu, Robinson and Young (2017) argue that the capacity to organize coups against democracy is also important, and is shaped by the structure of the social network.

Research Note
13 Jun 2017

Mark-up and Cost Dispersion across Firms: Direct Evidence from Producer Surveys in Pakistan

In this short paper, published in the American Economic Review, Atkin, Chaudhry, Chaudry, Khandelwal and Verhoogen (2015) directly asked firms about their mark-ups.

Journal Article
8 Jun 2017

The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

Brudevold-Newman, Honorati, Jakiela and Ozier (2017) evaluated two interventions that eased credit constraints in slightly different ways: a multifaceted ‘microfranchising’ programme eased both financial and human capital constraints by providing training and physical capital to recipients, while an

Research Note
10 May 2017

Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey Microenterprises

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2017) run the first randomised controlled trial to compare microenterprise data from surveys of different frequency and medium. They randomly assign enterprises to monthly in-person, weekly in-person, or weekly phone panel surveys.

Working Paper
4 May 2017

Challenges to Small and Medium-size Businesses in Myanmar: What are they and how do we know?

Kapteyn and Wah (2016) conducted a field study in the city of Yangon, Myanmar to investigate major obstacles to business development in the region.

Journal Article
24 Apr 2017

Does Managerial Foresight Matter in Microenterprise Performance? Evidence from Nepalese Microenterprises

Foresight aspect of micro-entrepreneurs and its effects on the microenterprise performance is a novel field of study.

Journal Article
20 Apr 2017

Competition and the Welfare Gains from Transportation Infrastructure: Evidence from the Golden Quadrilateral of India

A significant amount of resources is spent every year on the improvement of transportation infrastructure in developing countries.

Journal Article
7 Apr 2017

Female Entrepreneurship and the Burden of House Work: A Randomised Experiment on the Role of Access to Light

This novel experiment finds evidence that small-scale lighting solutions can help households living in off-grid rural areas to shift from farm to non-farm livelihoods, thereby helping stimulate the very first steps in the direction of economic transformation of rural communities.

Research Note
7 Apr 2017

Capital Allocation Across Regions, Sectors and Firms: Evidence from a Commodity Boom in Brazil

Bustos, Garber and Ponticelli (2016) study the allocation of capital across regions, sectors and firms. In particular, they assess to what extent growth in agricultural productivity can lead to an increase in the supply of credit in industry and services.

Working Paper
6 Apr 2017

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