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Multinational enforcement of labor law: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh’s apparel sector

Western stakeholders are increasingly demanding that multinationals sourcing from developing countries be accountable for labor rights and working conditions upstream in their supply chains.

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29 Jan 2021

Managerial Quality and Productivity Dynamics

Do productivity and managerial quality vary within the firm? If so which managerial traits and practices matter most for team productivity? Combining granular garment production data with survey data on managers across 120 production lines in India, Adhvaryu et al.

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7 Jan 2021

Asset-based Microfinance for Microenterprises: Evidence from Pakistan

We conduct a field experiment offering graduated microcredit clients the opportunity to finance a business asset worth four times their previous borrowing limit. We implement this using a hire-purchase contract; our control group is offered a zero-interest loan.

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1 Jan 2021

Rule of Law and Female Entrepreneurship

Commerce requires trust, but trust is difficult when one group consistently fears expropriation by another.

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1 Dec 2020

Do Marketing Channel Reforms Increase Competition? Evidence from Indian Produce Markets

In this paper Alé Chilet and Itin-Shwartz (2020) study the effectiveness of marketing channel liberalization in increasing competition among traders and prices obtained by farmers for their produce.

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1 Dec 2020

Product Market Competition and Management Quality among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Evidence from Burkina Faso

Gansonré and Ouédraogo (2020) examine how management quality is related to competition when firms are run by their founders instead of hired managers.

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24 Nov 2020

Gotta' Have Money to Make Money? Bargaining Behaviour and Financial Need of Microentrepreneurs

Bargaining over purchase prices with microenterprise owners in Ghana, Hardy et al. (2020) show that poorer sellers agree to significantly lower prices than wealthier peers.

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1 Nov 2020

What is a Firm Census in a Developing Country? An Answer from Ghana

A burgeoning literature in economics uses firm census data to provide explanations for the very large differences in income per capita across countries.

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1 Nov 2020

Monitoring in Target Contracts: Theory and Experiment in Kenyan Public Transit

Kelley, Lane and Schönholzer (2020) develop a relational contracting model to study the role of monitoring in firms and evaluate the model experimentally in the field.

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23 Oct 2020

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