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The Political Determinants of Economic Exchange: Evidence from a Business Experiment in Senegal

Economic growth requires confidence in the state's ability to enforce secure exchange. But when states selectively enforce rule of law, political considerations can moderate the trust that buyers have in sellers.

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1 Apr 2019

Unpacking the Determinants of Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment for Women in Kenya

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO)’s Gender and Entrepreneurship Together training programme (GET Ahead) seeks to enhance women’s opportunities in entrepreneurship through knowledge and skills development in business and management.

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1 Apr 2019

Impacts of industrial and entrepreneurial jobs on youth: 5-year experimental evidence on factory job offers and cash grants in Ethiopia

Blattman et al. (2019) study two interventions for underemployed youth across five Ethiopian sites: a $300 grant to spur self-employment, and a job offer to an industrial firm.

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1 Apr 2019

Measuring the Unmeasured: Combining Technology and Behavioral Insights to Improve Measurement of Business Outcomes

Business survey outcomes for micro and small firms are notoriously noisy, with multiple sources of measurement and recall error. Anderson et al.

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1 Apr 2019

Identifying Productivity Spillovers Using the Structure of Production Networks

Despite the importance of agglomeration externalities in theoretical work, evidence for their nature, scale, and scope remains elusive, particularly in developing countries.

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1 Dec 2018

When Regional Policies Fail: An Evaluation of Indonesia’s Integrated Economic Development Zones

Throughout the developing world, many countries have created special economic zones to attract investment and spur industrial growth.

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1 Dec 2018

Hostel Takeover: Living Conditions, Reference Dependence, and the Well-Being of Migrant Workers

Adhvaryu, Nyshadham and Xu (2018) report impacts of a randomized housing quality improvement intervention among Indian migrant workers.

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6 Nov 2018

Competition, Financial Constraints and Misallocation: Plant-Level Evidence from Indian Manufacturing

This working paper by Galle (2018) demonstrates a dual impact of increased competition on misallocation in a setting with both oligopolistic competition and financial constraints.

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1 Oct 2018

Management in Pakistan: Performance and Conflict

Working with the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Choudhary, Lemos and Van Reenen (2018) collect data on management practices in Pakistan covering 2015 and 2010 in about 4,500 manufacturing firms. They find very large variations within and between the provinces in our survey.

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30 Sep 2018

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