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The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

Brudevold-Newman, Honorati, Jakiela and Ozier (2017) evaluated two interventions that eased credit constraints in slightly different ways: a multifaceted ‘microfranchising’ programme eased both financial and human capital constraints by providing training and physical capital to recipients, while

Research Note
10 May 2017

Female Entrepreneurship and the Burden of House Work: A Randomised Experiment on the Role of Access to Light

This novel experiment finds evidence that small-scale lighting solutions can help households living in off-grid rural areas to shift from farm to non-farm livelihoods, thereby helping stimulate the very first steps in the direction of economic transformation of rural communities.

Research Note
7 Apr 2017

Managerial Human Capital in Small and Medium Enterprises

This randomized controlled trial evaluates a business training programme for women-owned small and medium enterprises in urban Uganda, examining both the direct effects on the management and growth of businesses invited to participate, and the indirect effects on the rest of the community.

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3 Apr 2017

Management Information Systems and Firm Performance: Experimental Evidence from a Large Agribusiness Company in Kenya

A randomized experiment run in partnership with a large agri-business sugar company in Kenya shows that a mobile-based query system can improve the company's performance in the management of the provision of inputs to the company’s cane suppliers and generate positive geographic spillovers.

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3 Mar 2017

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

We study the impact of Indonesia’s KAPET programme, which provided incentives to firms to locate in specific districts.

Research Note
1 Mar 2017

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.

Research Note
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.

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

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