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Targeting High Ability Entrepreneurs Using Community Information: Mechanism Design In The Field

The impacts of cash grants and access to credit are known to vary widely, but progress on targeting these services to high-ability, reliable entrepreneurs is so far limited.

Working Paper
9 Nov 2016

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.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2016

Can Enhancing the Benefits of Formalization Induce Informal Firms to Become Formal? Experimental Evidence from Benin

Governments around the world have introduced reforms to attempt to make it easier for informal firms to formalize. However, most informal firms have not gone on to become formal, especially when tax registration is involved.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2016

Ethnic Contract Enforceability

Many states struggle to enforce contracts. The origin of the state's "legal capacity" to enforce contracts is often explained as a result of past choices by rulers.

Working Paper
11 Oct 2016

It Takes Two: Experimental Evidence on the Determinants of Technology Diffusion

Previous studies of peer-to-peer technology diffusion have primarily focused on the decision of potential adopters. Equally relevant for observed diffusion in many contexts is the willingness of incumbent adopters to actively share technology.

Working Paper
27 Sep 2016

Entrepreneurship, Gender and the Constraints of Time: A Randomised Experiment on the Role of Access to Light

This paper by Hassan and Lucchino (2016) provides evidence about whether access to light, which relaxes the time constraint in relation to the number of productive hours available, can stimulate the emergence of currently pent-up productive potential, particularly of women.

Working Paper
1 Sep 2016

Searching for Trade Partners in Developing Countries: Testing Firms in the ‘Fast Fashion’ Industry

An integral part of global supply chains is the selection by international buyers of trading partners in developing countries. However, understanding of how buyers find a suitable long term supplier is limited.

Working Paper
1 Sep 2016

Exporting Sweatshops? Evidence from Myanmar

There is a long-standing debate over the impact of global trade on workers and firms in developing countries. In this paper, Tanaka (2016) investigates the causal effect of exporting on working conditions and firm performance in Myanmar.

Working Paper
28 Aug 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
31 May 2016

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