Competition

TFP Estimation at the Firm Level: Do Fiscal Pressure, the Legal Form, and the Local Competition Matter for Firm Performance in Senegal

This paper reviews the state of the art in firm-level Total Factor Productivity (TFP) estimation by employing an unbalanced panel of 4,501 Senegalese firms in the Construction and Trade Services industries over the period 2008–2018.

Working Paper
7 Jul 2021

Fixed Costs, Markups and Concentration in Eswatini (Swaziland): A Firm-level Analysis of Panel Data

This paper documents the evolution of markups and concentration, detects causality between firm churning and markups/concentration, and determines the impact of fixed costs on markups.

Journal Article
26 Jun 2021

Market Competition, Management Practices, and Performances of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Burkina Faso

This project highlights how improving managerial practices may foster the development of the private sector and how the economic environment may create incentives for better management among small and medium-sized enterprises in low-income countries.

Research Note
20 May 2021

Market Concentration, Rent Extraction and Minimum Wage in Senegal

This project will build a unique panel dataset of the universe of formal Senegalese firms from 2007 to 2020 before evaluating the impact of the recent increase in the national minimum wage.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

Do Marketing Channel Reforms Increase Competition? Evidence from Indian Produce Markets

In this paper Alé Chilet and Itin-Shwartz (2020) study the effectiveness of marketing channel liberalization in increasing competition among traders and prices obtained by farmers for their produce.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2020

Product Market Competition and Management Quality among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Evidence from Burkina Faso

Gansonré and Ouédraogo (2020) examine how management quality is related to competition when firms are run by their founders instead of hired managers.

Working Paper
24 Nov 2020

Entry, Exit and the Hazards of Firms under Trade Liberalization: Evidence from Eswatini

The goal of this paper was to estimate an empirical hazard function of firms by determining the impact of selected firm characteristics and unobserved heterogeneity on a firm‟s survival time prior to exit during a period of de factor trade liberalization.

Working Paper
21 Jul 2020

Why Do African Firms Underinvest in Management Training? Experimental Evidence from Middle and Large Ethiopian Firms

This project involves an RCT in Ethiopia to test whether firms’ demand for training is influenced by the level of competition that they face in the market.

Research Project
1 Feb 2020

Productivity and Competition in India's Brick Industry

A detailed survey of the Indian brick industry shows substantial productivity dispersion, attributable to both technology differences as well as within-technology efficiency variation.

Research Note
7 Jan 2020

Market-level Effects of Competition: Prices, Quality and Mechanisms

This project will analyse how increased competition affects prices, quality, and firm entry and exit at the market level through a randomised rollout of new stores by an NGO with a reputation for high quality.

Research Project
1 Jan 2020

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