Productivity

Firm-Level Upgrading in Developing Countries

In principle, firms in developing countries benefit from the fact that advanced technologies and products have already been developed in industrialized countries and can simply be adopted, a process often referred to as industrial upgrading.

Synthesis Paper
10 Mar 2020

The Consequences of Treating Electricity as a Right

This paper seeks to explain why billions of people in developing countries either have no access to electricity or lack a reliable supply.

Journal Article
1 Feb 2020

Multinational enforcement of labor law: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh’s apparel sector

Western stakeholders are increasingly demanding that multinationals sourcing from developing countries be accountable for labor rights and working conditions upstream in their supply chains.

Working Paper
22 Jan 2020

Productivity and Competition in India's Brick Industry

A detailed survey of the Indian brick industry shows substantial productivity dispersion, attributable to both technology differences as well as within-technology efficiency variation.

Research Note
7 Jan 2020

Wage Fariness in a Subcontracted Labor Market

Labor market subcontracting is a global phenomenon. Basu et al.

Journal Article
30 Nov 2019

Social Networks and Search Frictions in Day Labour Markets

In South Asia, three quarters of ultra-poor households report casual labour as the dominant form of income. In urban areas, short-term construction jobs are found through social connections or by going to a “labour stand”, essentially an intersection where low-skilled labourers wait each morning for employers looking to hire for a day or two.

Research Project
1 Oct 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

Understanding Team Composition and Productivity in Factories

This project examines workers and team leaders working in garment factories in Pakistan to understand what characteristics are correlated with productivity and whether the search for and composition of teams is efficient.

Research Project
1 Jul 2019

Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance

In this paper published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Cai and Szeidl (2018) organized business associations for the owner-managers of young Chinese firms to study the effect of business networks on firm performance.

Journal Article
1 Aug 2018

The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality

The idea that worker utility is affected by co-worker wages has potentially broad labour market implications.

Journal Article
1 May 2018

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