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Management Traits as Embodied Human Capital: A Randomised Field Experiment in Ethiopia

What is the effect of exposing motivated youth to firm management in practice? To answer this question, we place young professionals for one month in established firms to shadow middle managers.

Research Note
12 Feb 2021

Falling living standards during the COVID-19 crisis: Quantitative evidence from nine developing countries

Despite numerous journalistic accounts, systematic quantitative evidence on economic conditions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic remains scarce for most low- and middle-income countries, partly due to limitations of official economic statistics in environments wit

Journal Article
5 Feb 2021

Africa’s Manufacturing Puzzle: Evidence from Tanzanian and Ethiopian Firms

Recent growth accelerations in Africa are characterized by increasing productivity in agriculture, a declining share of the labor force employed in agriculture and declining productivity in modern sectors such as manufacturing.

Working Paper
3 Feb 2021

Managerial Quality and Productivity Dynamics

Do productivity and managerial quality vary within the firm? If so which managerial traits and practices matter most for team productivity? Combining granular garment production data with survey data on managers across 120 production lines in India, Adhvaryu et al.

Working Paper
7 Jan 2021

Asset-based Microfinance for Microenterprises: Evidence from Pakistan

We conduct a field experiment offering graduated microcredit clients the opportunity to finance a business asset worth four times their previous borrowing limit. We implement this using a hire-purchase contract; our control group is offered a zero-interest loan.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2021

Relationships on the Rocks: Contract Evolution in a Market for Ice

Firms use relational contracts to support repeated trade. Do these informal agreements evolve in response to market conditions? In a market for ice, firms reestablish relationships on new terms when a prior agreement breaks down.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2021

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.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2021

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