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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.

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21 Jan 2019

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.

Research Note
7 Sep 2018

Growing markets through business training for female entrepreneurs: A market-level randomized experiment in Kenya

This study measures the impact of a business training program for women in Kenya, finding that training increases the profits, sales, mental health, and subjective well-being of women.

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31 Aug 2018

The Impact of Easing Firm Constraints on Small and Medium Enterprises Growth: Evidence from Uganda

This study finds that wage subsidy policies that allow firms to choose who to hire and how to spend the subsidy lead to firm expansion and the creation of net employment.

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14 Mar 2018

Tackling Youth Unemployment through Vocational Training and Apprenticeships

This study finds that vocational training and apprenticeships both raise employment of poor Ugandan youth, but vocational training provides general skills that foster mobility and result in higher earnings.

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14 Mar 2018

Land Mines and Spatial Development

What happens to the economic performance of a region contaminated by explosive remnants of war (unexploded ordnance and landmines) when it is finally cleared? Which regions benefit the most? And what are the aggregate country-wide effects of landmine clearance?

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19 Jan 2018

It Takes Two: Experimental Evidence on the Determinants of Technology Diffusion

Previous studies of peer-to-peer technology diffusion have primarily focused on the decision of potential adopters. Often equally relevant for observed diffusion is the willingness of incumbent adopters to actively share technology.

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18 Jan 2018

Misallocation in the Market for Inputs: Enforcement and the Organization of Production

The timely enforcement of supplier contracts by courts of justice is an important determinant of firms’ organizational structure and overall productivity.

Research Note
18 Jan 2018

Contract Design, Business Growth, and Female Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Microfinance in India

Several field experiments find positive returns to grants for male and not female micro- entrepreneurs. But these analyses overlook that female entrepreneurs often reside with a male business owner.

Research Note
5 Dec 2017

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