Entrepreneurship

Microfinance, Microentrepreneurship and Misallocation

This project evaluates to what extent heterogeneity in the take-up of microfinance and heterogeneity in its impacts on entrepreneurs explain the impact of microfinance on allocative inefficiency within occupational choice and investments.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

The Impact of Social Norms and Household Dynamics on Female-owned Enterprises

This project seeks to understand whether social norms related to household and childcare responsibilities constrain women’s businesses.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

Training Entrepreneurs

Aid agencies and governments spend more than a billion US$ on entrepreneurship training annually. What have we learned about the effectiveness of training? We review research on entrepreneurship training.

VoxDevLit
2 Dec 2020

Financing Virtual Migration: Incubation and Income Sharing in North Bangladesh

This project investigates the potential for financing 'virtual migration' by training rural youth in Bangladesh to become online freelancers, enabling them to export their labour services to a global online marketplace.

Research Project
1 Dec 2020

Rule of Law and Female Entrepreneurship

Commerce requires trust, but trust is difficult when one group consistently fears expropriation by another.

Working Paper
29 Sep 2020

Professional Networks and Female Entrepreneurship

This project will conduct a field experiment in Ghana to investigate the effect of an exogenous expansion of female professional networks on firm performance and well-being of female entrepreneurs.

Research Project
1 Sep 2020

To Formalize or Not to Formalize: Women Entrepreneurs’ Sensemaking of Business Registration in the Context of Nepal

Despite the depiction of decisions to formalize informal firms as rational and ethical, many entrepreneurs in developing countries continue to operate informally regardless of its perceived illicit status.

Journal Article
22 May 2020

Peer Networks and Entrepreneurship: A Pan-African RCT

Can large-scale peer interaction foster entrepreneurship and innovation? Vega-Redondo et al. (2019) conducted an RCT involving almost 5,000 entrepreneurs from 49 African countries.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2019

Developing a “Product-Market Experimentation & Fit” Measurement Tool and Testing its Effectiveness via an RCT with Lean Start-up Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Uganda

This project aims to improve our understanding of ‘demand-side factors’ related to why some small firms succeed and scale-up, while others do not.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

Dispute resolution and microenterprise growth in a 'fragile' state: Evidence from Somalia

This project examines the formal and informal institutions for dispute resolution used by microenterprises in Somalia, how access to them affects business outcomes and whether the provision of female-only saving and loan groups can redress gender imbalances in access to dispute resolution.

Research Project
1 Aug 2019

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