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The Life Cycle of South African Manufacturing Firms

In this paper Andrew Kerr (2015) uses a new source of firm level panel data to describe and better understand the life cycle of South African manufacturing firms.

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5 Dec 2016

Pass-through, Competition, and Entry in Agricultural Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

African agricultural markets are characterized by low revenues for smallholder farmers and high food prices for consumers. Many have worried that this wedge is partially driven by imperfect competition among intermediaries.

Working Paper
2 Dec 2016

Chinese Investment in Ghana's Manufacturing Sector

This paper by Xiaoyang (2016) uses Ghana as a case study to illustrate the extent to which Chinese manufacturing firms are driving manufacturing in an African country.

Working Paper
2 Dec 2016

Learning from China? Manufacturing, Investment, and Technology Transfer in Nigeria

As China’s economic boom has boosted domestic growth and income, higher wage costs are moving an increasing number of Chinese firms overseas.

Working Paper
30 Nov 2016

Management as a Technology

Are some management practices akin to a technology that can explain company and national productivity, or do they simply reflect contingent management styles? In this working paper Bloom, Sadun and Van Reenen (2016) collect data on core management practices from over 11,000 firms in 34 countries.

Working Paper
30 Nov 2016

Management in Pakistan: First Evidence from Punjab

In this working paper Bloom, Lemos, Choudhary and Van Reenen (2016) collect data on management practices in the Punjab region of Pakistan (PK-MOPS) following the MOPS approach pioneered by Bloom et al (2013) for US manufacturing plants.

Working Paper
30 Nov 2016

The Skills to Pay the Bills: Returns to On-the-job Soft Skills Training

Adhvaryu, Kala and Nyshadham (2017) evaluate the causal impacts of on-the-job soft skills training on the productivity, wages, and retention of female garment workers in India. The program increased women’s extraversion and communication, and spurred technical skill upgrading.

Working Paper
30 Nov 2016

Price-setting Behavior and Competition in Developing Countries: An Analysis of Retail Outlets in Lesotho

Nchake, Edwards and Sundaram (2015) study the relationship between price-setting behavior and the degree of competition in a setting where markets and information flows are relatively imperfect.

Working Paper
30 Nov 2016

The Misallocation of Land and Other Factors of Production in India

This paper by Kerr, Duranton, Grover and Ghandi (2015) quantifies the misallocation of manufacturing output and factors of production between establishments across Indian districts during 1989–2010.

Working Paper
29 Nov 2016

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