Methods

What is a Firm Census in a Developing Country? An Answer from Ghana

A burgeoning literature in economics uses firm census data to provide explanations for the very large differences in income per capita across countries.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2020

From Micro to Macro in an Equilibrium Diffusion Model

Brooks, Donovan and Johnson (2020) show how exogenous variation in individual-level interactions identifies critical diffusion parameters in a wide class of general equilibrium firm diffusion models.

Working Paper
1 Oct 2020

Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey Microenterprises

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2020) analyzes the effects of differences in survey frequency and medium on microenterprise survey data. A sample of enterprises were randomly assigned to monthly in-person, weekly in-person, or weekly phone surveys for a 12-week panel.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2020

Estimating Spillovers Using Imprecisely Measured Networks

In many experimental contexts, whether and how network interactions impact outcomes of both treated and untreated individuals are key concerns. Networks data is often assumed to perfectly represent the set of individuals who might be affected by these interactions.

Working Paper
31 Jan 2020

Measuring Productivity: Lessons from Tailored Surveys and Productivity Benchmarking

Atkin et al. use tailored surveys and benchmarking in the flat-weave rug industry to better understand the shortcomings of standard productivity measures. Quantity-based productivity (TFPQ) performs poorly because of variation in product specifications across firms.

Journal Article
1 May 2019

Measuring the Unmeasured: Combining Technology and Behavioral Insights to Improve Measurement of Business Outcomes

Business survey outcomes for micro and small firms are notoriously noisy, with multiple sources of measurement and recall error. Anderson et al.

Working Paper
1 Apr 2019

Paying for the Truth: The Efficacy of a Peer Prediction Mechanism in the Field

Rigol and Roth (2016) report results from a lab-in-the-field experiment in India in which they test the viability of two kinds of monetary payment rules used to incentivize truth-telling: a novel payment rule that relies on ex-post verification of reports and pee

Working Paper
26 Apr 2016

Measuring the Unmeasured: Combining Technology and Survey Design to Filter Noise in Self-Reported Business Outcomes

The research team has designed a new electronic survey tool to reduce the high levels of measurement error in data on micro-enterprise sales and profits and tests this new approach in a randomized controlled trial among micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana.  

Research Project
22 Jul 2014