International Trade

Globalization and Female Empowerment: Evidence from Myanmar

Molina and Tanaka (2020) examine whether globalization promotes female empowerment by improving the jobs available to women. Previous work has documented that exporting causally improved working conditions at predominantly female garment factories in Myanmar.

Working Paper
1 Dec 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

Exporting Sweatshops? Evidence from Myanmar

Tanaka (2020) investigates the impacts of exporting on working conditions in Myanmar by drawing on a new firm survey.

Working Paper
1 Jul 2020

Shocks to Supply Chains and Market Dynamics in a Crisis

This project examines the impact of supply chain disruptions and demand shocks on formal firms and production networks in Kenya.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Economic Effects of COVID-19 on Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association Members

This project will examine the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Bangladeshi garment manufacturers and exporters.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

The Importance of Protecting Export-Oriented Firms

The COVID-19 crisis has hit everywhere at once. Lower-income countries should not expect large inflows of aid; they will be left largely to their own resources. Those resources are limited, so lower-income countries need to find leverage wherever they can.

Policy Insight
22 Jun 2020

Markups, Productivity, and Export Dynamics

The primary goal of this paper is to efficiently recover consistent markups from firm-level production technology under cost minimization settings in order to document the relationship between unobserved idiosyncratic productivity shocks and endogenous markups.

Working Paper
27 Mar 2020

Eight Things Development Professionals Should Know about Foreign Direct Investment

Although global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) have not recovered since the 2008 financial crisis, flows to developing countries have continued to register a very modest growth. But what is the impact of these FDI inflows on the recipient developing economies?

Synthesis Paper
5 Dec 2019

Crunch Time: How Bureaucrats' Term of Office Affects Coercive and Collusive Bribes

This project will study whether customs officers affect firms’ bribery costs and trade costs, and how these officers' time horizons and professional relationships operate as mechanisms.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Exporting to Fragile States in Africa: Firm‐level Evidence

Chacha and Edwards (2019) analyses the effect of fragility in destination markets on firm export behavior and the role of firm size in mediating adverse outcomes.

Journal Article
1 Aug 2019

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