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Are Small Firms Labor Constrained? Experimental Evidence from Ghana

Hardy and McCasland (2017) report the results of a field experiment that randomly placed unemployed young people as apprentices with small firms in Ghana.

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24 Oct 2017

Is There an Energy-Efficiency Gap? Experimental Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Plants

Climate policy pushes energy-efficiency investments as a means to reduce energy consumption, and thus greenhouse gas emissions, in developing countries.

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18 Oct 2017

Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda

Rasul et al (2017) design a labor market experiment that compares demand-side and supply-side policies to tackle youth unemployment, a key issue in low-income countries.

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2 Oct 2017

Loan Contract Structure and Adverse Selection: Survey Evidence from Uganda

While adverse selection is an important theoretical explanation for credit rationing it is difficult to empirically quantify. One reason is that most studies measure the elasticity of credit demand of existing or previous borrowers as opposed to the population at large.

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29 Sep 2017

Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized Experiment in Kenya

A common concern with efforts to directly help some small businesses to grow is that their growth comes at the expense of their unassisted competitors. In this study, McKenzie and Puerto (2017) test this possibility using a two-stage randomized experiment in Kenya.

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4 Sep 2017

A Firm of One’s Own: Experimental Evidence on Credit Constraints and Occupational Choice

This study by Brudevold-Newman, Honorati, Jakiela and Ozier (2017) presents results from a randomized evaluation of two labor market interventions targeted to young women aged 18 to 19 years in three of Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods.

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24 Jul 2017

Social Origins of Dictatorships: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Existing theories of coups against democracy emphasize that elite incentives to mount a coup depend on the threat that democracy represents to them and what they stand to gain from dictatorship.

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24 Jul 2017

Relationships, Risk and Rents: Evidence from a Market for Ice

Firms frequently engage in repeated trade despite the availability of alternative business partners. A large literature shows how such relationships affect market outcomes, but less is known about how changes in market structure affect these relationships.

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22 Jun 2017

Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey Microenterprises

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2017) run the first randomised controlled trial to compare microenterprise data from surveys of different frequency and medium. They randomly assign enterprises to monthly in-person, weekly in-person, or weekly phone panel surveys.

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4 May 2017

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