Markets

Microenterprise Competition, Social Pressures, and Innovation

What is the nature of competition amongst densely-located, largely similar microenterprises in the developing world?

Working Paper
1 Dec 2014

16th Call for ERG Proposals, Deadline: July 31, 2014 - CLOSED

The 16th Round of the Exploratory Research Grants under the PEDL initiative is now closed. Proposals for the 16th call must have been submitted by 5pm GMT on July 31st, 2014.

News
2 Sep 2014

The Effect of Market Association Political Power and Local Government Effectiveness on Trade: Evidence from Nigeria

This project examines how the political power of market associations and local government effectiveness affect contractual trade and extortion in Lagos.

Research Note
25 Jul 2014

Productivity and Competition in India's Brick Industry

A detailed survey of the Indian brick industry, collected for this study, shows substantial productivity dispersion, attributable to both technology differences and efficiency variation within each technology.

Research Note
25 Jul 2014

Essays on the Economics of Statelessness and State Formation

This dissertation empirically examines economic exchange in the absence of the state.

Working Paper
7 Jul 2014

Bandits or States? Armed Groups Extraction Strategies and the Economy: Evidence from Eastern Congo

This study uses data on modern-day Eastern Congo to explore whether returns to taxation of resources can explain the establishment of protection, taxation, and dispute resolution institutions.

Research Project
21 Jun 2014

Contractual Structure, Borrower Selection, and Hypothetical Loan Demand: Survey Evidence from Uganda

Using survey data on micro and small enterprises in Uganda, this study investigates the phenomenon of ‘adverse selection’ in credit markets – i.e.

Research Note
17 Jun 2014

Exploring Dynamics in South African Firms

This project aims to analyze job creation and destruction in private enterprises in South Africa since 2005, and also explores electronic archives to find historic data on firm dynamics from the 1960s onwards, providing fascinating insights into job creation in the face of massive unemployment.

Research Project
9 Jun 2014

15th Call for ERG Proposals, Deadline: 31 May 2014 - CLOSED

The 15th Round of the Exploratory Research Grants under the PEDL initiative is now closed. Proposals for the 15th call must have been submitted by 5pm GMT on May 31st, 2014.

News
22 May 2014

High Interest Rates and Low Bank Credit to MSMEs in Zambia: Do Switching Costs matter?

Using data collected from a sample of small firms in urban Zambia, this project investigates the existence of switching costs among Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) when borrowing from commercial banks, and finds no evidence of MSMEs getting ‘locked in’ by their main bank.

Research Note
14 May 2014

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