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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.

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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

High Interest Rates and Low Bank Credit to MSMEs in Zambia: Do Switching Costs matter?

Using data collected from a sample of small firms in urban Zambia, this project investigates the existence of switching costs among Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) when borrowing from commercial banks, and finds no evidence of MSMEs getting ‘locked in’ by their main bank.

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14 May 2014

Price Integration in Low-Income Countries: Market Structure and Retail Price-Setting Behaviour in Lesotho

This research note by Mamello Nchake and Lawrence Edwards (both University of Cape Town) summarizes the authors' stylised findings on price-setting behaviour among retail outlets in Lesotho using disaggregated product price data.

Research Note
2 May 2014

Highways, Firm Productivity, and Allocative Efficiency in India

In this study of a large scale highway upgrade project in India, called the Golden Quadrilateral (GQ), Kerr, Grover and Ghani (2013) find several positive effects on the organized sector for non-nodal districts located in proximity with the GQ vis-à-vis other districts — most notably higher entry ra

Research Note
3 Jan 2014

The Role of Foreign Investment in Ethiopia’s Leather Value Chain

A census of formal firms in the Ethiopian leather industry reveals that the change in government policy was successful in attracting foreign direct investment in the processing of raw hides and in the manufacturing of leather products.

Research Note
3 Dec 2013

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