Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

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

Growing markets through business training for female entrepreneurs: A market-level randomized experiment in Kenya

This study measures the impact of a business training program for women in Kenya, finding that training increases the profits, sales, mental health, and subjective well-being of women.

Research Note
31 Aug 2018

Market Competition, Management Practices and Performances of SMEs in Burkina Faso

This study analyses the relationship between management practices and SMEs performances and the effect of the level of market competitiveness on upgrading management practices.

Research Project
1 Jun 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 eco

Journal Article
1 Feb 2018

Loan Contract Structure and Adverse Selection: Survey Evidence from Uganda

While adverse selection is an important theoretical explanation for credit rationing it is difficult to empirically quantify. One reason is that most studies measure the elasticity of credit demand of existing or previous borrowers as opposed to the population at large.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2018

Contract Design, Business Growth, and Female Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Microfinance in India

Several field experiments find positive returns to grants for male and not female micro- entrepreneurs. But these analyses overlook that female entrepreneurs often reside with a male business owner.

Research Note
5 Dec 2017

Are Small Firms Labour Constrained? Experimental Evidence from Ghana

Firms in poor countries are much smaller than firms in rich countries, with the modal firm being a single person, the owner. Meanwhile, youth unemployment and underemployment are widespread.

Research Note
19 Oct 2017

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

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2017) run the first randomised controlled trial to compare microenterprise data from surveys of different frequency – weekly or monthly – and medium – phone or in-person.

Research Note
30 Aug 2017

Firm Entry Barriers, Growth Constraints, and Job Creation

Bazzi, Muendler and Rauch (2017) use new data on credit transactions and formal firms in Brazil to identify the effects of a large-scale expansion in credit for small and medium enterprises.

Research Note
8 Aug 2017

Managerial Human Capital in Small and Medium Enterprises

This randomized controlled trial evaluates a business training programme for women-owned small and medium enterprises in urban Uganda, examining both the direct effects on the management and growth of businesses invited to participate, and the indirect effects on the rest of the community.

Research Note
3 Apr 2017

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