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Reallocation, Firm Dynamics, and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Eswatini’s Manufacturing Sector

This article investigates the contributions of real productivity, firm-size rationalization, and net-entry effects to aggregate labour productivity (ALP) growth using a panel dataset from Eswatini’s manufacturing sector.

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21 Nov 2022

Firm Survival and Turnover: Do Legal Form, Local Competition, Productivity, and Profitability Matter for Firms in Senegal?

This paper documents the determinants of firms’ probability of exiting from 2008 to 2020 in Senegal.

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17 Nov 2022

Consumer Search and Firm Location: Theory and Evidence from the Garment Sector in Uganda

This paper studies the role of consumer information frictions in driving firms’ location choices within cities.

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13 Nov 2022

Managerial Practices and Performance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Evidence from Burkina Faso

Managerial practices are seen as key drivers of productivity differences across firms. However, they are generally considered as unobserved and assimilated to firms' individual fixed effects.

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19 Oct 2022

Searching for Customers, Finding Pollution

In developing countries, most manufacturing firms are small and located in high-density urban areas, often near congested streets.

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30 Sep 2022

Customer Discrimination in the Workplace: Evidence from Online Sales

Many workers are evaluated on their ability to engage with customers. We measure the impact of gender-based customer discrimination on the productivity of online sales agents working across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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26 Sep 2022

Gender Differences in Informal Labour Market Resilience

This paper reports on the universe of garment-making firm owners in a Ghanaian district capital during the COVID-19 crisis. By July 2020, 80% of both male- and female-owned firms were operational.

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22 Sep 2022

Information and Strategy in Lemon Markets: Improving Safety in Informal Transit

Road traffic accidents in poorly regulated public transit is a leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries. We study how providing information about bus safety to passengers affects the demand and supply of safer public transit.

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1 Sep 2022

This business is mine! Individual property rights and intra-household relationships

This paper studies how stronger property rights on a micro-business affect entrepreneurs intra-household bargaining power, investment decisions and the extend to which they are constrained by their household in Benin.

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31 Aug 2022

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