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On the Origins of the State: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo

A positive demand shock for coltan, a mineral whose bulky output cannot be concealed, leads armed actors to create illicit customs and provide protection at coltan mines, where they settle as “stationary bandits.” A similar shock for gold, easy to conceal,

Journal Article
1 Jan 2020

The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: Evidence from Lagos

Property rights are important for economic exchange, but in many parts of the world, they are not publicly guaranteed.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2020

The Agricultural Wage Gap: Evidence from Brazilian Micro-data

A key feature of developing economies is that wages in agriculture are below those of other sectors.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2020

Eight Things Development Professionals Should Know about Foreign Direct Investment

Although global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) have not recovered since the 2008 financial crisis, flows to developing countries have continued to register a very modest growth. But what is the impact of these FDI inflows on the recipient developing economies?

Synthesis Paper
5 Dec 2019

Peer Networks and Entrepreneurship: A Pan-African RCT

Can large-scale peer interaction foster entrepreneurship and innovation? Vega-Redondo et al. (2019) conducted an RCT involving almost 5,000 entrepreneurs from 49 African countries.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2019

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
1 Dec 2019

Wage Fariness in a Subcontracted Labor Market

Labor market subcontracting is a global phenomenon. Basu et al.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2019

Lights Off, Lights On: The Effects of Electricity Shortages on Small Firms

Entrepreneurs in developing countries report that unreliable electricity imposes a serious constraint, yet little evidence exists on how blackouts impact the micro-firms that account for the majority of employment.

Journal Article
9 Nov 2019

Menstrual Health, Worker Productivity and Well-being among Female Bangladeshi Garment Workers

Czura, Menzel and Miotto (2019) conducted a randomised controlled trial (RCT) on a sample of 1,000 female garment workers in three factories in Bangladesh, offering access to free sanitary pads at work to 500 of the workers.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2019

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