Innovation

Facilitating Innovative Growth of Low-Cost Private Schools: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan

The primary objective of this project, by Khwaja, Das and Andrabi (2019) is to understand what factors constrain growth and innovation in Low-Cost Private Schools (LCPS) with an emphasis on alleviating financial and educational quality in enhancing constraints.

Research Note
24 Jun 2019

Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer Ball Producers in Pakistan

This article, published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, studies technology adoption in a cluster of soccer-ball producers in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2018

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya’s Public Transport Sector

Schoenholzer, Kelley, Lane and Wagacha (2018) provide firms a new technology that delivers real-time information to the owner of the vehicle about the driver’s productivity and safety. They find that owners use this information to change their management of drivers and re-optimize their contracts.

Research Note
7 Sep 2018

Does Technical Efficiency Dominate Resource Reallocation in Aggregate Productivity Growth? Evidence from Swazi Manufacturing

Is the effect of input reallocation on aggregate productivity growth (APG) less than that of technical efficiency? A robust finding in two influential meta-analyses by Bartelsman et al. (2004) and Paǵes et al.

Working Paper
7 Mar 2018

Investment Dynamics, Unobserved Heterogeneity and Endogenous Investment Switching Regime in Manufacturing

This paper by Samuel V. Mhlanga (2018) investigates the industrial effects of true state dependence, the sales-to-capital ratio and unobserved heterogeneity on the rate of investment in plant, machinery and equipment (PME) in Swaziland. A range of fixed and random effects estimators are compared.

Working Paper
7 Feb 2018

It Takes Two: Experimental Evidence on the Determinants of Technology Diffusion

Previous studies of peer-to-peer technology diffusion have primarily focused on the decision of potential adopters. Often equally relevant for observed diffusion is the willingness of incumbent adopters to actively share technology.

Research Note
18 Jan 2018

Female Entrepreneurship and the Burden of House Work: A Randomised Experiment on the Role of Access to Light

This novel experiment finds evidence that small-scale lighting solutions can help households living in off-grid rural areas to shift from farm to non-farm livelihoods, thereby helping stimulate the very first steps in the direction of economic transformation of rural communities.

Research Note
7 Apr 2017

Management Information Systems and Firm Performance: Experimental Evidence from a Large Agribusiness Company in Kenya

A randomized experiment run in partnership with a large agri-business sugar company in Kenya shows that a mobile-based query system can improve the company's performance in the management of the provision of inputs to the company’s cane suppliers and generate positive geographic spillovers.

Research Note
3 Mar 2017

Horizontal and Vertical Polarization: Task-Specific Technological Change in a Multi-Sector Economy

Yoon Lee and Shin (2017) analyze the effect of technological change in a novel framework that integrates an economy's skill distribution with its occupational and industrial structure. Individuals become managers or workers based on their managerial vs.

Working Paper
12 Jan 2017

It Takes Two: Experimental Evidence on the Determinants of Technology Diffusion

Previous studies of peer-to-peer technology diffusion have primarily focused on the decision of potential adopters. Equally relevant for observed diffusion in many contexts is the willingness of incumbent adopters to actively share technology.

Working Paper
14 Nov 2016

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