Misallocation in the Market for Inputs: Enforcement and the Organization of Production

The timely enforcement of supplier contracts by courts of justice is an important determinant of firms’ organizational structure and overall productivity.

Research Note
18 Jan 2018

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

This paper 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.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2018

Firms and the Decline in Earnings Inequality in Brazil

In this paper, published in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Alvarez, Benguria, Engbom and Moser (2018) document a large decline in earnings inequality in Brazil between 1996 and 2012.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2018

Competition and Market Power in Deregulated Fertilizers in India

This paper by Beáta Itin-Shwartz (2017) investigates competition and market share dominance in the Indian fertilizer sector during a process of deregulation, using a newly constructed database.

Working Paper
10 Nov 2017

Is There an Energy-Efficiency Gap? Experimental Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Plants

Climate policy pushes energy-efficiency investments as a means to reduce energy consumption, and thus greenhouse gas emissions, in developing countries.

Working Paper
16 Aug 2017

Firm Entry Barriers, Growth Constraints, and Job Creation

Bazzi, Muendler and Rauch (2017) use new data on credit transactions and formal firms in Brazil to identify the effects of a large-scale expansion in credit for small and medium enterprises.

Research Note
8 Aug 2017

Understanding Firm Exit: Evidence from Bangladesh

Mobarak and Singhal (2017) present novel evidence on short run exit among urban firms in a developing country. Exit rates are high but surprisingly similar to those for small firms in the United States, and vary systematically by age of the firm, number of employees, and industrial sector.

Research Note
3 Aug 2017

Price Effects of Borders Between Lesotho and South Africa

Despite efforts to increase integration within Africa, product markets remain segmented between countries.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2017

The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

Brudevold-Newman, Honorati, Jakiela and Ozier (2017) evaluated two interventions that eased credit constraints in slightly different ways: a multifaceted ‘microfranchising’ programme eased both financial and human capital constraints by providing training and physical capital to recipients, while

Research Note
10 May 2017

When Regional Policies Fail: An Evaluation of Indonesia’s Integrated Economic Development Zones

We study the impact of Indonesia’s KAPET programme, which provided incentives to firms to locate in specific districts.

Research Note
1 Mar 2017