Large Firms

Firm-Level Upgrading in Developing Countries

In principle, firms in developing countries benefit from the fact that advanced technologies and products have already been developed in industrialized countries and can simply be adopted, a process often referred to as industrial upgrading. But for many firms, this advantage has remained elusive.

Policy Paper
10 Mar 2020

Interest Rate Caps, Relationship Lending, and Bank Competition: Evidence from Bangladesh

Interest rate caps on loans are unarguably important policy tools in both developed and developing countries. In this project, Miyauchi attempts to empirically test whether this policy tool is effective in Bangladesh.

Research Note
23 Jan 2020

An Analysis of Alternative Paths to Export-Led Industrialization in African Countries: Evidence from Ethiopia and Tanzania

Growth-promoting structural change explains much of Africa's recent growth boom, especially in Ethiopia, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania. In these countries, however, structural change has not been accompanied by labor productivity growth in the nonagricultural sectors. In fact, the expansion of services and manufacturing has typically been accompanied by low or negative productivity growth in these same sectors.

Research Project
20 Sep 2019

Hawassa Industrial Park Community Impact Evaluation Follow-Up

The Government of Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious industrialization strategy based on the creation of special economic zones as centers of export-oriented light manufacturing. The flagship industrial park of this strategy is located in the city of Hawassa, in southern Ethiopia. The Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) is one of ten industrial parks that are currently being planned and built all over Ethiopia.

Research Project
16 Sep 2019

Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth: 5-Year Evidence on Factory Job Offers and Cash Grants in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Blattman, Dercon and Franklin (2019) randomly assign mostly female jobseekers to receive an industrial job offer or an unconditional cash transfer, meant to spur self-employment.

Research Note
12 Sep 2019

Competition, Financial Constraints and Misallocation: Plant-level Evidence from Indian Manufacturing

A commonly held and highly intuitive view is that intensified competition will improve the allocation of resources in an economy, by shifting resources to more productive firms.

Research Note
21 Jan 2019

Interest Rate Caps, Relationship Lending, and Bank Competition: Evidence from Bangladesh

Miyauchi (2017) studies the short and long-term impacts of the interest rate caps on loans for large and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises introduced in 2009 and lifted in 2011 and 2012 in Bangladesh.

Working Paper
10 Nov 2017

Performance Measurement of Hospitals in Nepal: An Application of the Management Approach

Management score is slightly higher for private hospitals (2.08) than public hospitals (1.94); however, this difference is not statistically significant, meaning that a different sample may show equal management scores between private and public hospitals.

Research Note
23 Nov 2016

A New Approach of Measuring Hospital Performance for Low and Middle-income Countries

Efficiency of the hospitals affects the price of health services. Health care payments have equity implications. Evidence on hospital performance can support to design the policy; however, the recent literature on hospital efficiency produced conflicting results.

Journal Article
1 Nov 2015

Markup and Cost Dispersion across Firms: Direct Evidence from Producer Surveys in Pakistan

In this short paper, published in the American Economic Review, Atkin, Chaudhry, Chaudry, Khandelwal and Verhoogen (2015) directly asked firms about their mark-ups.

Journal Article
1 May 2015

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