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Interfirm Relationship and Business Performance

Regular meetings between managers of young Chinese firms substantially improved firm performance. Channels included learning from peers and new supplier-client matches. This research note also discusses the project, "Finance and Networks in China".

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24 Oct 2016

Interacting and Sharing the Gains in Buyer-Seller Relationships: Garments in Bangladesh

An integral part of global supply chains is the selection by international buyers of trading partners in developing countries. However, our understanding of how buyers find a suitable long term supplier is limited.

Research Note
21 Oct 2016

Kinship Taxation in the Lab and in the Field: Constraint on Microenterprise Growth?

Developing country entrepreneurs often face family pressure to share income. This pressure, a “kinship tax”, can discourage the most able entrepreneurs from expanding their firms.

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20 Oct 2016

The Value of Face-to-Face: Travel and the Information Costs of Trade

Distance between buyers and sellers can create information problems that pose a barrier to trade.

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15 Sep 2016

The Productivity and Retention Effects of Soft Skills Training

In partnership with a large garment factory in India, this project designs and implements a randomized controlled trial to study the impact of a year-long, in-depth soft skills training programme aimed at empowering low-skilled female labourers.

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15 Sep 2016

The Impact of Exporting on Factory Working Conditions in Myanmar

Data collected in Myanmar garment and processed food firms from 2013 to 2015 provide evidence that exporting has positive effects on fire safety and the other measures of working conditions.

Research Note
9 Sep 2016

Unreliable Logistics Services, Productivity and Trade Patterns

How does unreliability affect firms and industries? Exploring the impact of supply chain risk in Sub-Saharan Africa, this project shows how business actors confronted with unreliable supply chains specialize into producing less complex goods, as their production is less sensitive to disruptions.

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12 May 2016

Innovation in Nigeria

Understanding the factors that drive or constrain firm-level innovation requires detailed micro-data. This project has collected and constructed an open-access dataset on innovation in Nigeria to support further research in this area.

Research Note
10 May 2016

Transitioning into the Formal - Women Entrepreneurs in the Informal Economy of Nepal

This qualitative study aims to understand how and why different groups of informal women entrepreneurs in Nepal engage with, or make the transition to the formal sector

Research Note
5 May 2016

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