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

Rasul et al (2017) design a labor market experiment that compares demand-side and supply-side policies to tackle youth unemployment, a key issue in low-income countries.

Working Paper
2 Oct 2017

Loan Contract Structure and Adverse Selection: Survey Evidence from Uganda

While adverse selection is an important theoretical explanation for credit rationing it is difficult to empirically quantify. One reason is that most studies measure the elasticity of credit demand of existing or previous borrowers as opposed to the population at large.

Working Paper
29 Sep 2017

Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized Experiment in Kenya

A common concern with efforts to directly help some small businesses to grow is that their growth comes at the expense of their unassisted competitors. In this study, McKenzie and Puerto (2017) test this possibility using a two-stage randomized experiment in Kenya.

Working Paper
4 Sep 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 – weekly or monthly – and medium – phone or in-person.

Research Note
30 Aug 2017

Closer Monetary Union and Product Market Integration in Emerging Economies: Evidence from the Common Monetary Area in Southern Africa

This study by Nchake, Edwards and Rankin (2017), published in the International Review of Economics and Finance, utilizes detailed micro price data to estimate the impact of closer monetary union on the integration of product markets across countries, considering two policy shocks from Botswana.

Journal Article
29 Aug 2017

Firm Entry Barriers, Growth Constraints, and Job Creation

Bazzi, Muendler and Rauch (2017) use new data on credit transactions and formal firms in Brazil to identify the effects of a large-scale expansion in credit for small and medium enterprises.

Research Note
8 Aug 2017

Product and Destination Shifting by Firms in International Trade: Evidence from Kenya’s Manufacturing Exporters

By exploring the patterns and trends of Kenya’s exports overtime, this project shows the important role of multi-product and multi-destination exporters in the expansion of exports for low income countries.

Research Note
8 Aug 2017

Learning Dynamics and Managerial Quality

Adhvaryu, Nyshadham and Tamayo (2017) study 5 distinct factors of managerial quality that are likely to impact learning by doing within the firm: vocation-specific experience, managerial autonomy, cognitive skills, personality, and demographic relatability to workers.

Research Note
4 Aug 2017

Understanding Firm Exit: Evidence from Bangladesh

Mobarak and Singhal (2017) present novel evidence on short run exit among urban firms in a developing country. Exit rates are high but surprisingly similar to those for small firms in the United States, and vary systematically by age of the firm, number of employees, and industrial sector.

Research Note
3 Aug 2017

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