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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.

Journal Article
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

Hostel Takeover: Living Conditions, Reference Dependence, and the Well-Being of Migrant Workers

Adhvaryu, Nyshadham and Xu (2018) report impacts of a randomized housing quality improvement intervention among Indian migrant workers.

Working Paper
15 Jan 2019

Management in Pakistan: Performance and Conflict

Working with the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Choudhary, Lemos and Van Reenen (2018) collect data on management practices in Pakistan covering 2015 and 2010 in about 4,500 manufacturing firms. They find very large variations within and between the provinces in our survey.

Working Paper
9 Jan 2019

On the Origins and Development of Pakistan's Soccer-Ball Cluster

Sialkot, Pakistan, is the world center of hand-stitched soccer-ball manufacturing. The existence of the cluster is puzzling and seems to argue against the "home market effect", since there is little local demand for soccer balls.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2018

Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer Ball Producers in Pakistan

This article, published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, studies technology adoption in a cluster of soccer-ball producers in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2018

Who Creates New Firms When Local Opportunities Arise?

New firm formation is a critical driver of job creation, and an important contributor to the responsiveness of the economy to aggregate shocks.

Working Paper
19 Sep 2018

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya’s Public Transport Sector

Schoenholzer, Kelley, Lane and Wagacha (2018) provide firms a new technology that delivers real-time information to the owner of the vehicle about the driver’s productivity and safety. They find that owners use this information to change their management of drivers and re-optimize their contracts.

Research Note
7 Sep 2018

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