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On the Origins and Development of Pakistan's Soccer-Ball Cluster

Sialkot, Pakistan, is the world center of hand-stitched soccer-ball manufacturing. The existence of the cluster is puzzling and seems to argue against the "home market effect", since there is little local demand for soccer balls.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2018

Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer Ball Producers in Pakistan

This article, published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, studies technology adoption in a cluster of soccer-ball producers in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2018

Who Creates New Firms When Local Opportunities Arise?

New firm formation is a critical driver of job creation, and an important contributor to the responsiveness of the economy to aggregate shocks.

Working Paper
19 Sep 2018

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya’s Public Transport Sector

Schoenholzer, Kelley, Lane and Wagacha (2018) provide firms a new technology that delivers real-time information to the owner of the vehicle about the driver’s productivity and safety. They find that owners use this information to change their management of drivers and re-optimize their contracts.

Research Note
7 Sep 2018

Do Performance Ranks Increase Productivity? Evidence from a Field Experiment

While performance-based ranking may induce workers to increase effort because of status concerns, such information may also demotivate them or make them wary of outperforming peers.

Working Paper
5 Sep 2018

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

This study measures the impact of a business training program for women in Kenya, finding that training increases the profits, sales, mental health, and subjective well-being of women.

Research Note
31 Aug 2018

How Important Are Matching Frictions in the Labour Market? Experimental & Non-Experimental Evidence from a Large Indian Firm

Banerjee and Chiplunkar (2018) provide evidence of substantial matching frictions in the labour market in India. In particular, placement officers in vocational training institutes have very little information about the job preferences of candidates they are trying to place in jobs.

Working Paper
30 Aug 2018

Interest Rate Caps, Relationship Lending, and Bank Competition: Evidence from Bangladesh

Miyauchi (2017) studies the short and long-term impacts of the interest rate caps on loans for large and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises introduced in 2009 and lifted in 2011 and 2012 in Bangladesh.

Working Paper
14 Aug 2018

Misallocation in the Market for Inputs: Enforcement and the Organization of Production

The strength of contract enforcement determines how firms source inputs and organize production. Using microdata on Indian manufacturing plants, Boehm and Oberfield (2018) show that production and sourcing decisions appear systematically distorted in states with weaker enforcement.

Working Paper
14 Aug 2018

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