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Success in Entrepreneurship: Doing the Math

This paper, by Kremer, Robinson and Rostapshova (2013) examines the association between entrepreneurial success and firm and owner characteristics, in the context of the small retail sector in Western Kenya. Earlier work finds very high rates of return to inventories. Inventories are positively associated with math skills.

Research
28 Oct 2013

Rural Roads and Intermediated Trade: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Sierra Leone

Using a road-level regression discontinuity design in Sierra Leone, Casaburi et al. (2013) study the impacts of improvements in rural road infrastructure on crop prices in rural markets. Improved roads reduced market prices of local crops; these price effects are stronger in markets that are further from major urban centers and in less productive areas. 

Research
28 Oct 2013

Does Management Matter? Evidence From India

This study by Bloom et al. (2013) shows that offering free consulting on management practices to a random selection of large Indian firms led to a 17% increase in productivity and the opening of more production plants.

Research
28 Oct 2013

Prices, Plant Size, and Product Quality

This paper by Kugler & Verhoogen (2012) uses data from the Colombian manufacturing census to document empirical relationships between input prices, output prices, and plant size and proposes a model of endogenous input and output quality choices by heterogeneous firms to explain the observed patterns.

Research
28 Oct 2013

Product Market Price Integration in Developing Countries

Widespread empirical evidence of price discrimination in markets for goods and services suggests that national markets should be viewed as segmented rather than integrated. Yet, this research is almost entirely driven by studies of price setting behaviour in developed countries.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2013

Andrew Kerr

University of Cape Town

Exploring dynamics in South African firms: small firms, large firms and labour market rigidity

Firm-level survey data for the period 2005-2011 in South Africa suggest that large firms have higher rates of net job creation than small firms and that there is a relatively high reallocation of employment across South African firms.

Research Note
26 Nov 2013

The Role of Foreign Investment in Ethiopia’s Leather Value Chain

A census of formal firms in the Ethiopian leather industry reveals that the change in government policy was successful in attracting foreign direct investment in the processing of raw hides and in the manufacturing of leather products.

Research Note
3 Dec 2013

Switching costs, Relationship banking and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises formal bank credit in Zambia

Using data collected from a sample of MSMEs located in urban areas of five major districts in Zambia, this paper investigates the existence and size of switching costs among Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) when borrowing formal bank credit.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2014

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