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Firm Clusters and Productivity in Indonesia

Examining how agglomeration, or clustering, among Indonesian manufacturing firms has changed over the past 30 years, we found that its most robust drivers have been natural resources and supply chain linkages, especially with respect to explaining long-term changes in spatial concentration.

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1 Mar 2017

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.

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27 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.

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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.

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7 Feb 2017

Enhancing the Benefits of Formalization: Experimental Evidence from the Introduction of the Entreprenant Status in Benin

Using a randomized experiment, the authors show that enhancing the benefits of formalization through personalized assistance induces more firms to formalize.

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11 Jan 2017

In Brief: Management in Pakistan: First Evidence from Punjab

What explains differences in productivity in developing countries?

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23 Dec 2016

Microenterprise Development as a Poverty-Reduction Strategy in Nepal: A Multidimensional Analysis of the Factors Determining Microenterprise Performance

Using the data enumerated from 501 randomly-sampled micro-entrepreneurs, and several case studies, interviews, and focus groups discussions across three ecological belts in Nepal, this study revealed a significant increase in profit, sales and assets of microenterprises over the period, and identifi

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15 Dec 2016

The Supply of High Quality Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

This project evaluated entrepreneurial interest among university undergraduates in Nigeria and the role of compulsory entrepreneurship education in forging this interest. Most undergraduates in Nigeria would like to start their own business but only a handful of them currently do so.

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8 Dec 2016

The Productivity Impact of Contract Work in India: An Establishment Level Structural Approach

Although hiring temporary workers increases firm productivity in the current period, the short-tenure of such temporary workers preclude the accumulation of firm-specific human capital, resulting in lower future productivity.

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28 Nov 2016

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