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Peer Networks and Entrepreneurship: A Pan-African RCT

Can large-scale peer interaction foster entrepreneurship and innovation? Vega-Redondo et al. (2019) conducted an RCT involving almost 5,000 entrepreneurs from 49 African countries.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2019

Wage Fariness in a Subcontracted Labor Market

Labor market subcontracting is a global phenomenon. Basu et al.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2019

Lights Off, Lights On: The Effects of Electricity Shortages on Small Firms

Entrepreneurs in developing countries report that unreliable electricity imposes a serious constraint, yet little evidence exists on how blackouts impact the micro-firms that account for the majority of employment.

Journal Article
9 Nov 2019

The Ties that Bind: Implicit Contracts and the Adoption of Management Technology in the Firm

Lemos and Scur (2019) investigate how implicit contracts between firm managers and employees are linked to the adoption of productivity-enhancing organizational practices.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2019

Measuring Hospitals Performance: Applying the Management Approach in Nepal

The paper, by Adhikari and Sapkota (2018), has twofold objectives: to measure management practices from the employer perspective of both public and private hospitals of Nepal, and to explore the relationship between management practices and output indicators of the ho

Journal Article
1 Nov 2019

Menstrual Health, Worker Productivity and Well-being among Female Bangladeshi Garment Workers

Czura, Menzel and Miotto (2019) conducted a randomised controlled trial (RCT) on a sample of 1,000 female garment workers in three factories in Bangladesh, offering access to free sanitary pads at work to 500 of the workers.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2019

Crony Capitalism, Collective Action, and ICT: Evidence from Kenyan Contract Farming

The shift from subsistence to commercial economies creates surplus, but often induces conflict over it. Under extractive institutions and weak contract enforcement, crony capitalism may emerge and limit the benefits of modernization.

Working Paper
15 Oct 2019

Harnessing ICT to Increase Agricultural Production: Evidence From Kenya

Sending SMS messages with agricultural advice to smallholder farmers increased yields by 11.5% relative to a control group with no messages. These effects are concentrated among farmers who had no agronomy training and had little interaction with sugar cane company staff at baseline.

Working Paper
23 Sep 2019

Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth: 5-Year Evidence on Factory Job Offers and Cash Grants in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Blattman, Dercon and Franklin (2019) randomly assign mostly female jobseekers to receive an industrial job offer or an unconditional cash transfer, meant to spur self-employment.

Research Note
12 Sep 2019

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