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Capital Allocation Across Regions, Sectors and Firms: Evidence from a Commodity Boom in Brazil

Bustos, Garber and Ponticelli (2016) study the allocation of capital across regions, sectors and firms. In particular, they assess to what extent growth in agricultural productivity can lead to an increase in the supply of credit in industry and services.

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1 Feb 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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1 Feb 2017

Assessing the Spatial Concentration of Indonesia’s Manufacturing Sector: Evidence from Three Decades

Beyond the role of economic forces, many theories of economic geography emphasize the way politics can shape the spacial configuration of economic activity.

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1 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.

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1 Dec 2016

The Value of Face-to-Face: Search and Contracting Problems in Nigerian Trade

Distance between buyers and sellers can create search and contracting problems: how to find out what goods are available in far away places, and ensure they are actually delivered?

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27 Nov 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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11 Oct 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

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1 Sep 2016

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