Micro and Small Enterprises

Dispute resolution and mircoenterprise growth in a 'fragile' state: Evidence from Somalia

This project examines the formal and informal institutions for dispute resolution used by microenterprises in Somalia, how access to them affects business outcomes and whether the provision of female-only saving and loan groups can redress gender imbalances in access to dispute resolution.

Research Project
26 Mar 2020

Enterprise Responses to Redistribution in Kenya

This project studies a randomized, large-scale unconditional cash transfer program in Kenya, and find a meaningful increase in revenues for enterprises in areas experiencing a greater volume of cash transfers.

Research Note
27 Feb 2020

Microentrepreneurship in Developing Countries

This paper reviews the recent literature in economics on small-scale entrepreneurship (“microentrepreneurship”) in low-income countries.

Policy Paper
11 Feb 2020

Long-Run Enterprise Responses to Redistribution: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Cash transfer programs continue to be implemented and expanded by governments and non-government organizations in many low-income countries as a tool for poverty alleviation. When implemented at scale, such programs may have important short- and long-run implications for firms. However, there are relatively few opportunities to study how an economy responds to an exogenous shock of such a magnitude, and the response of the private sector is critical in determining how these types of shocks will propagate through the economy.

Research Project
18 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

Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Micro-entrepreneurs

Multiple field experiments report positive financial returns to capital shocks for male and not female microentrepreneurs. But these analyses overlook the fact that female entrepreneurs often reside with male entrepreneurs.

Journal Article
1 Sep 2019

Achieving Scale Collectively: Evidence from Manufacturing Firms in Urban Uganda

It has long been argued that firms in developing countries enter small and struggle to grow large. This paper studies whether the small firm scale might itself hinder their labor productivity, thus spurring a vicious cycle of underdevelopment. Bassi et al.

Working Paper
23 Aug 2019

Getting Capital to Microenterprises: What do we know about why and how?

Recent research illuminates the opportunity to increase incomes of microenterprise owners through the provision of capital.

Policy Paper
17 Jul 2019

Pathways to Profits: The Impact of Marketing versus Finance Skills on Business Performance

This paper by Anderson, Chandy and Zia (2017), published in Management Science, examines the impact of improvements in marketing skills relative to finance skills among small business owners.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2018

Risk and Return in Village Economies

This paper by Samphantharak and Townsend (2018), published in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, provides a theory-based empirical framework for understanding the risk and return on productive capital assets and their allocation across activities in an economy characterized by idiosyncra

Journal Article
1 Feb 2018

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