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Optimizing Network Referrals to Identify and Recruit Creditworthy Entrepreneurs

Microfinance lenders make limited credit offers because of operational challenges of extensive screening and selection process. We study if optimizing a referral protocol can be used to recruit good entrepreneurs and thus increase access to credit.

Research Note
27 Feb 2017

Green microfinance strategy for entrepreneurial transformation: validating a pattern towards sustainability

This paper by Shahidullah and Emdad Haque (2016), published in Enterprise Development and Microfinance, illustrates a shifted microfinance modality that adopted greening principles towards sustainability.

Journal Article
16 Feb 2017

The Impacts of Exchange Rate Movements on Prices and Trade across Sectors: Evidence from Ethiopian Firms

Movements of the Ethiopian Birr against the USD, the major currency of trade invoicing, matter more for prices and trade volumes than do movements of the Birr against trading partners’ currencies.

Research Note
14 Feb 2017

Exit from Informality: The Stick Treatment

Most firms are informal throughout the developing world; and most small and medium enterprises (SMEs) (60-80%) do not register with tax authorities, lowering the tax base. This remains a persistent phenomenon despite the numerous attempts made to encourage registration.

Research Note
7 Feb 2017

SME’s registration Evidence from an RCT in Bangladesh

Firms informality is pervasive in Bangladesh. In this paper published in Economics Letters, De Giorgi and Rahman (2013) implemented an information campaign on registration and find that the treatment made firms more aware, but had no impact on registration.

Journal Article
3 Feb 2017

A New Approach of Measuring Hospital Performance for Lowand Middle-income Countries

Efficiency of the hospitals affects the price of health services. Health care payments have equity implications. Evidence on hospital performance can support to design the policy; however, the recent literature on hospital efficiency produced conflicting results.

Journal Article
31 Jan 2017

Targeting High Ability Entrepreneurs Using Community Information: Mechanism Design In The Field

The impacts of cash grants and access to credit are known to vary widely, but progress on targeting these services to high-ability, reliable entrepreneurs is so far limited.

Working Paper
23 Jan 2017

Assessing the Spatial Concentration of Indonesia’s Manufacturing Sector: Evidence from Three Decades

Beyond the role of economic forces, many theories of economic geography emphasize the way politics can shape the spacial configuration of economic activity.

Working Paper
16 Jan 2017

When Regional Policies Fail: An Evaluation of Indonesia’s Integrated Economic Development Zones

Throughout the developing world, many countries have created special economic zones to attract investment and spur industrial growth.

Working Paper
16 Jan 2017

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