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Can mobile money adoption induce microenterprises to formalize? Evidence from a field experiment in Burkina Faso

This paper examines whether mobile money adoption can induce informal firms to formalize, an aspect that has been overlooked in the empirical literature.

Working Paper
8 Dec 2022

Consumer Search and Firm Location: Theory and Evidence from the Garment Sector in Uganda

This paper studies the role of consumer information frictions in driving firms’ location choices within cities.

Working Paper
18 Dec 2022

Gender Differences in Informal Labour Market Resilience

This paper reports on the universe of garment-making firm owners in a Ghanaian district capital during the COVID-19 crisis. By July 2020, 80% of both male- and female-owned firms were operational.

Journal Article
26 Dec 2022

From Micro to Macro in an Equilibrium Diffusion Model

We quantify the benefits of better firm-to-firm matching in an aggregate diffusion model where individuals reap profitable knowledge from others in the economy.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2023

Informality

Most low- and middle-income countries are characterised by a large informal sector, which implies that a substantial fraction of economic activity in these countries is completely unregulated.

VoxDevLit
11 Jan 2023

The experience of small firm owners in Ghana during the COVID-19 pandemic: A gender-based analysis

We document differences in the experiences of firms and firm owners by gender during the early COVID-19 crisis in Ghana. Female-owned firms are more likely to close during the Spring of 2020, but equally likely to be open by July 2020.

C-19 Note
11 Jan 2023

PEDL Enters a New Year, and a New Phase

We are happy to announce a restructuring of the PEDL themes, and the addition of theme leaders for each of the themes.

News
16 Jan 2023

Bernard Hoekman

European University Institute

Margherita Tambussi

University of Turin

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