Manufacturing

Consumer Search and Firm Location: Theory and Evidence from the Garment Sector in Uganda

This paper studies the role of consumer information frictions in driving firms’ location choices within cities.

Working Paper
13 Nov 2022

Foreign direct investment and knowledge diffusion in poor locations

We use plant level census data to identify spillovers from FDI in Ethiopia’s manufacturing sector.

Journal Article
1 Sep 2022

Monitoring Harassment in Organizations

We study the value of garbled survey methods as a tool to monitor harassment.

Working Paper
24 Jul 2022

Performance Ranks, Conformity, and Cooperation: Evidence from a Sweater Factory

Performance ranking triggers multiple social incentives for workers. On one hand, it offers status rewards to induce the workers to increase their effort. On the other, it introduces risks of social retribution from coworkers for outperforming them.

Working Paper
1 Jul 2022

Productivity and Reallocation, with Distortions: Evidence from Eswatini

This paper studies productivity growth and input reallocation across plants, and scrutinises the wedges between the marginal product of inputs and marginal costs hindering the allocative efficiency of factor inputs.

Working Paper
24 Jun 2022

Exploring adoption of renewable energy technology (RET) among apparel exporters in Bangladesh: Policy landscape, current capacities, and future pathways

This study investigates the drivers and barriers to the adoption of sustainable energy sources among ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh.

Research Project
1 Jun 2022

Production Network Disruptions: Evidence from the Civil- Conflict in Ethiopia

This project aims to quantify the extent of conflict-induced propagations and its effect in the manufacturing establishments in Ethiopia.

Research Project
1 Apr 2022

The Impact of Firm Downsizing on Workers: Evidence from Ethiopia’s Ready-Made Garment Industry

We analyze matched employee-employer data from Ethiopia’s largest special economic zone during a period of downsizing pressure from the COVID-19 world import demand shock.

Working Paper
3 Mar 2022

Labor Productivity Growth and Industrialization in Africa

Manufacturing has made an important contribution to raising living standards in many parts of the world. Concerns about premature deindustrialization have made some observers skeptical about the potential for manufacturing to play this role in Africa.

Journal Article
10 Feb 2022

Understanding the Drought Impact of El Niño on Small-scale Food and Beverages Manufacturing Firms in Ethiopia

In this project, Walelign, Edjigu, and Ayele explore the effects of the extreme drought produced by El Niño on small-scale food and beverage manufacturing firms in Ethiopia.

Research Project
1 Nov 2021

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