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Rethinking Indonesia's Informal Sector

This paper, published in World Development reviews competing theories about the causes of informality in developing countries and uses new data to determine which theory best explains the persistence and scale of Indonesia’s informal sector.

Journal Article
1 Apr 2016

Economic Development, Flow of Funds and the Equilibrium Interaction of Financial Frictions

In this working paper Moll, Townsend and Zhorin (2016) use a variety of different data sets from Thailand to study not only the extremes of micro and macro variables but also within-country flow of funds and labor migration.

Working Paper
27 Mar 2016

Highway to Success: The Impact of the Golden Quadrilateral Project for the Location and Performance of Indian Manufacturing

In this paper, published in The Economic Journal, Ghani, Grover Goswami and Kerr (2016) investigate the impact of transport infrastructure on the organisation and efficiency of manufacturing activity.

Journal Article
1 Mar 2016

The Light and the Heat: Productivity Co-benefits of Energy-Saving Technology

This study explores the consequences of the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting in garment factories around Bangalore, India.

Research Note
1 Feb 2016

Organizational Learning: Experimental Evidence from Bangladeshi Garment Factories

A randomized controlled trial shows that inducing knowledge sharing among garment workers in Bangladeshi factories increases firm level productivity. This provides novel experimental evidence for the long held hypothesis that organizational learning drives firm productivity growth.

Research Note
1 Feb 2016

Kinship Taxation as a Constraint to Microenterprise Growth: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Developing country entrepreneurs face family pressure to share income. This pressure, a kinship tax, can distort capital allocations.

Working Paper
13 Jan 2016

A Detailed Anatomy of Factor Misallocation in India

Duranton at al. (2016) complements the results of earlier work on factor misallocation. The paper first expands the methodology and provides two important decompositions for the main indices.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2016

Complementarity in firm-level innovation strategies: a comparative study of Kenya and Nigeria

In this paper published in Innovation and Development, Egbetokun, Mendi and Mudida (2015) present and analyse firm-level innovation data from Kenya and Nigeria.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2016

Learning from China? Manufacturing, Investment, and Technology Transfer in Nigeria

As China’s economic boom has boosted domestic growth and income, higher wage costs are moving an increasing number of Chinese firms overseas.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2016

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