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Supporting Micro-enterprise in Humanitarian Programming: Impact evaluation of business grants vs. unconditional cash transfer

Humanitarian programming in fragile economies often use unconditional cash transfers (UCT) to offset food-insecurity.

Journal Article
3 Jun 2022

Targeting Impact versus Deprivation

Targeting is a core element of anti-poverty program design, with benefits typically targeted to those most “deprived” in some sense (e.g., consumption, wealth).

Working Paper
1 Jun 2022

Is (Smart) Technology Really Making Us Dumber? Marketing Analytics Improves the Mental, Managerial and Financial Performance of Entrepreneurs

The literature in economics on the interplay between technology and human capital suggests that the adoption and usage of technology can potentially have a positive effect on the human capital of users – for example, by rearranging connections in their brains.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2022

Corruption Dynamics in International Trade Evidence on Bribery and Tax Evasion from Tunisian Customs Transactions

Every year low- and middle-income countries import goods worth more than $7 trillion, and in many states these shipments must first pass through the hands of corrupt customs officials.

Working Paper
8 May 2022

Achieving Scale Collectively

Many firms in developing countries could be too small to adopt modern technology embodied in expensive production machines. This paper shows that rental market interactions allow these small firms to increase their effective scale and mechanize production.

Journal Article
2 May 2022

High-Speed Internet, Financial Technology and Banking

Exploiting the staggered arrival of fibre-optic submarine cables, we show that high-speed internet promotes the role of banks and credit in Africa.

Working Paper
1 May 2022

Big Loans to Small Businesses: Predicting Winners and Losers in an Entrepreneurial Lending Experiment

We experimentally study the impact of substantially larger enterprise loans in Egypt.

Working Paper
1 May 2022

Impacts of industrial and entrepreneurial jobs on youth: 5-year experimental evidence on factory job offers and cash grants in Ethiopia

We study two interventions for poor and underemployed Ethiopian youth: a $300 grant to spur self-employment, and a job offer to an industrial firm.

Journal Article
1 May 2022

Childcare, Labor Supply, and Business Development: Experimental Evidence from Uganda

In a field experiment in Uganda, mothers of young children are randomly offered a childcare subsidy, an equivalent cash grant, both or nothing.

Working Paper
22 Apr 2022

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