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The Supply of High Quality Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

This article analyses entrepreneurial interest and practice as well as the impact of an education policy among a representative sample of highly educated young Nigerians. Olofinyehun et al. (2018) use pooled cross-sectional data from 2007 and 2011 on about 27,000 undergraduates in over 50 schools.

Journal Article
1 Apr 2018

Latent Advantage, Complex Challenges: Industrial Policy and Chinese Linkages in Ethiopia's Leather Sector

Industrial policy is back on the African policy agenda, with a number of countries following new strategies for rapid industrialization. None have done so more eagerly than Ethiopia.

Journal Article
1 Apr 2018

The Impact of Easing Firm Constraints on Small and Medium Enterprises Growth: Evidence from Uganda

This study finds that wage subsidy policies that allow firms to choose who to hire and how to spend the subsidy lead to firm expansion and the creation of net employment.

Research Note
14 Mar 2018

Tackling Youth Unemployment through Vocational Training and Apprenticeships

This study finds that vocational training and apprenticeships both raise employment of poor Ugandan youth, but vocational training provides general skills that foster mobility and result in higher earnings.

Research Note
14 Mar 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
12 Mar 2018

Earnings Inequality and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from Brazil

In this working paper Moser and Engbom (2016) assess the extent to which a rise in the minimum wage can account for three facts characterizing a large decline in earnings inequality in Brazil from 1996–2012: (i) the decline is more pronounced towards the bottom of the distribution; (ii) one quarter

Working Paper
9 Mar 2018

Foreign Direct Investment and Knowledge Diffusion in Poor Locations: Evidence from Ethiopia

Abebe et al. (2018) quantify foreign direct investment (FDI) spillovers by comparing changes in total factor productivity (TFP) among domestic plants in districts that attracted a large greenfield foreign plant and districts where greenfield FDI was licensed but not yet operational.

Working Paper
1 Mar 2018

Closer Monetary Union and Product Market Integration in Emerging Economies: Evidence from the Common Monetary Area in Southern Africa

This study by Nchake, Edwards and Rankin (2017), published in the International Review of Economics and Finance, utilizes detailed micro price data to estimate the impact of closer monetary union on the integration of product markets across countries, considering two policy shocks from Botswana.

Journal Article
1 Mar 2018

The Light and the Heat: Productivity Co-benefits of Energy-saving Technology

Measurement of the full costs and benefits of energy-saving technologies is often difficult, confounding adoption decisions. Adhvaryu et al. (2017) study consequences of the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting in garment factories around Bangalore, India.

Working Paper
1 Feb 2018

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