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Corruption and Firms

Colonnelli and Prem (2019) estimate the causal real economic effects of a randomized anticorruption crackdown on local governments in Brazil over the period 2003-2014.

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1 Sep 2019

Financial Access Constraints, Misallocation and Firm Performance in the Zimbabwean Informal Manufacturing Sector

In this paper, Kamutando (2019) examines the link between financial constraints, misallocation and firm growth in the informal manufacturing sector in Zimbabwe.

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1 Aug 2019

Learning Management Through Matching: A Field Experiment Using Mechanism Design

What is the effect of exposing motivated youth to firm management in practice? To answer this question, Abebe, Fafchamps, Koelle and Quinn (2019) place young professionals for one month in established firms to shadow middle managers.

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1 Jun 2019

Information Sharing in Trade Credit Markets: Evidence from Kenyan Retail Shops

In developing countries financial frictions hinder firm growth. Credit constraints result from poor contract enforcement and asymmetric information in the credit market.

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19 May 2019

The Apprenticeship-to-Work Transition: Experimental Evidence from Ghana

This paper examines the effects of a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program designed to address high levels of youth unemployment in Ghana.

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1 May 2019

Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity

The assignment of workers to tasks is an important feature of the organization of production within firms. Adhvaryu, Kala and Nyshadham (2017) study how task allocation across workers changes in response to productivity shocks.

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1 May 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

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

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

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