Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Small-scale Manufacturing Establishments in Ethiopia

This project will examine the effect of COVID-19 on small-scale manufacturing establishments in Ethiopia.

Research Project
3 Jul 2020

COVID-19, Firm Dynamics and Market Structure in Urban Uganda

This project will document firm and market dynamics in Uganda  before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

The Effect of Government Relief Measures on SME Employment and Survival in Burkina Faso during the COVID-19 Crisis

This project studies the operations and employment impacts of the coronavirus crisis on small- and medium-sized enterprises in Burkina Faso and tests an experiment to improve access to government relief.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Government-Firm Relationships during COVID-19

This project seeks to understand the challenges faced by firms in Uganda in the current crisis and how they are responding to them.

Research Project
29 Jun 2020

Tracking the Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Small Firms in Rwanda

This study will examine the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on small businesses in Rwanda.

Research Project
29 Jun 2020

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

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2020) analyzes the effects of differences in survey frequency and medium on microenterprise survey data. A sample of enterprises were randomly assigned to monthly in-person, weekly in-person, or weekly phone surveys for a 12-week panel.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2020

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 quantify empirically.

Journal Article
1 Apr 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.

Synthesis Paper
11 Feb 2020

Lights Off, Lights On: The Effects of Electricity Shortages on Small Firms

Entrepreneurs in developing countries report that unreliable electricity imposes a serious constraint, yet little evidence exists on how blackouts impact the micro-firms that account for the majority of employment.

Journal Article
9 Nov 2019

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