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Barriers to Private-Sector Arbitrage in Kenyan Maize Markets

Limited access to capital, risk of unpredictable price fluctuations, and the availability of more profitable alternatives may limit traders’ willingness to arbitrage away seasonal price fluctuations in African agricultural markets.

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24 Feb 2015

The Impact of Cartels in Low-Income Countries (ICLIC)

An estimation of the aggregate economic harm caused by cartels in developing countries provides evidence that it can be substantial irrespective of the scale of the economy in question.

Research Note
20 Feb 2015

The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

This project piloted the first ever randomized evaluation of ‘microfranchising,’ measuring the impact of a program intended to help young women in Nairobi launch small-scale franchise businesses.

Research Note
30 Sep 2014

Gender and Investment: Impact of the EAC Integration process on Cross Border Investment by Female Investors

This project examines how the provision of information improves regulatory compliance and business behaviour by using survey data of women in cross-border trade at the Busia border in Uganda.

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23 Sep 2014

The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomised Trial

This project conducts a randomised field experiment in Egypt to study the channels through which export market access drives economic growth and reduces poverty.

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20 Aug 2014

The Effect of Market Association Political Power and Local Government Effectiveness on Trade: Evidence from Nigeria

This project examines how the political power of market associations and local government effectiveness affect contractual trade and extortion in Lagos.

Research Note
25 Jul 2014

Productivity and Competition in India’s Brick Industry

A detailed survey of the Indian brick industry, collected for this study, shows substantial productivity dispersion, attributable to both technology differences and efficiency variation within each technology.

Research Note
25 Jul 2014

Bandits or States? Armed Groups’ Expropriation Strategies and the Economy: Evidence from Eastern Congo

This study collected yearly historical data on 140 rural villages in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to identify the conditions under which armed groups can create institutions favorable to private sector development in areas over which the central state has little or no authority.

Research Note
26 Jun 2014

Contractual Structure, Borrower Selection, and Hypothetical Loan Demand: Survey Evidence from Uganda

Using survey data on micro and small enterprises in Uganda, this study investigates the phenomenon of ‘adverse selection’ in credit markets – i.e.

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17 Jun 2014

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