Productivity

Reallocation, Firm Dynamics, and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Eswatini’s Manufacturing Sector

This article investigates the contributions of real productivity, firm-size rationalization, and net-entry effects to aggregate labour productivity (ALP) growth using a panel dataset from Eswatini’s manufacturing sector.

Working Paper
21 Nov 2022

Firm Survival and Turnover: Do Legal Form, Local Competition, Productivity, and Profitability Matter for Firms in Senegal?

This paper documents the determinants of firms’ probability of exiting from 2008 to 2020 in Senegal.

Working Paper
17 Nov 2022

Managerial Practices and Performance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Evidence from Burkina Faso

Managerial practices are seen as key drivers of productivity differences across firms. However, they are generally considered as unobserved and assimilated to firms' individual fixed effects.

Working Paper
19 Oct 2022

The Local Advantage: Corruption, Organised Crime, and Indigenisation in the Nigerian Oil Sector

Multinationals in the extractive sectors of weak states face resource theft by armed groups. This criminality is often abetted by state corruption, even though firms are willing to pay for protection.

Working Paper
25 Aug 2022

Search and Matching Frictions for Day Labourers in Pakistan

In this pilot study, we demonstrate that low-skilled day labourers who are socially connected to their employers have significantly higher chances of securing jobs, irrespective of having lower productivity than their lesser connected counterparts in Pakistan.

Research Note
8 Aug 2022

Adoption and Impacts of Digital Payment Technologies: Evidence from Informal Transit

This study investigates the barriers to digital technology adoption and the latter's impact on productivity in the informal transit sector.

Research Project
1 Aug 2022

Impact of Prepaid Meters on Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Senegal

This project studies the impact of prepaid meter adoption on firm electricity use, revenues and profits.

Research Project
1 Aug 2022

Trust and Networks in Factories in Pakistan

This study examines which worker and team characteristics lead to higher productivity in factories in a developing country using surveys and experiments with factory workers across multiple functions in Pakistan.

Research Note
4 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

From Micro to Macro in an Equilibrium Diffusion Model

We quantify the benefits of better firm-to-firm matching in an aggregate diffusion model and use it to interpret empirical moments from interventions that do so at a smaller scale.

Working Paper
1 Jul 2022

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