Quality

Consumer Search and Firm Location: Theory and Evidence from the Garment Sector in Uganda

This paper studies the role of consumer information frictions in driving firms’ location choices within cities.

Working Paper
13 Nov 2022

Information frictions, demand for quality, and welfare in the market for antimalarials

This project investigates the welfare effects of information frictions in the Nigerian antimalarials market

Research Project
1 Aug 2022

Can Informed Buyers Improve Goods Quality? Experimental Evidence from Crop Seeds

High-quality agricultural inputs play an important role in boosting agricultural productivity and supporting food security in low-income countries.

Research Note
20 Apr 2022

Quality Upgrading and Competition: Theory and Evidence from Uganda’s Coffee Sector

This project studies how incentives for quality provision are passed along the domestic supply chains, and how this is affected by market structure within the context of coffee in Uganda.

Research Project
1 Mar 2022

Can informed buyers improve goods quality? Experimental evidence from crop seeds

We study whether adding informed buyers to a market can improve the quality of goods supplied by sellers, in an environment where goods quality is difficult to observe.

Working Paper
20 Jan 2022

Misperceived Quality: Fertilizer in Tanzania

Fertilizer use remains below recommended rates in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, contributing to low crop yields and poverty. Michelson et al. (2021) explore the role of fertilizer quality.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2021

Market Access and Quality Upgrading: Evidence from a Randomised Experiment in the Coffee Sector in Uganda

This project will examine whether quality-upgrading incentives and access to a buyer willing to pay a premium for high-quality products can raise profits and welfare in Uganda.

Research Project
1 Oct 2020

Market-level Effects of Competition: Prices, Quality and Mechanisms

This project will analyse how increased competition affects prices, quality, and firm entry and exit at the market level through a randomised rollout of new stores by an NGO with a reputation for high quality.

Research Project
1 Jan 2020

Taming Counterfeit Markets with Consumer Information

This project uses an RCT to study two interventions that may address market frictions caused by information asymmetry in the context of markets for maize and bean seeds.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Why Do Firms in Low-Income Countries Grow Slowly? An Investigation of Demand-Side Mechanisms

This project examines demand-side constraints to the growth of firms in Uganda including search and contracting frictions related to asymmetric information on quality.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019