Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya's Public Transport Sector (Stage One)

A field experiment to fit Kenyan minibuses with GPS fleet management technology will provide information about the effect of monitoring on market frictions and negative externalities due to driver behaviour. 

Research Project
25 Feb 2015

Do Apprentices Substitute for Paid Workers? Evidence from an Experiment with Ghanaian Microenterprises

This study conducts a two-stage randomized controlled trial involving a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program to examine the impacts of apprenticeship labour inputs on different firm outcomes. 

Research Project
18 Nov 2014

Characteristics of Entrepreneurs and Performance of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Post conflict State: Evidence from Chad

Using the third Chadian survey on consumption and informal sector (ECOSIT III), this study aims at assessing the relationship between the profile of entrepreneurs and the performance of SMEs in Chad.

Working Paper
7 Oct 2014

The Impacts of Microfranchising on Young Women in Nairobi

This project piloted the first ever randomized evaluation of ‘microfranchising,’ measuring the impact of a program intended to help young women in Nairobi launch small-scale franchise businesses.

Research Note
30 Sep 2014

Graduating Microenterprises to SME-Level Credit

This randomized evaluation studies the effects of incentivising microfinance loan officers to identify clients with the highest potential returns on their loans, in order to test the hypothesis that the business model of classic microfinance institutions might be one of the reasons why high-growth microentrepreneurs have difficulty accessing SME-level loans. 

Research Project
30 Jul 2014

Measuring the Unmeasured: Combining Technology and Survey Design to Filter Noise in Self-Reported Business Outcomes

The research team has designed a new electronic survey tool to reduce the high levels of measurement error in data on micro-enterprise sales and profits and tests this new approach in a randomized controlled trial among micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana.  

Research Project
22 Jul 2014

Trade Associations, Customary Social Networks, and Female Microentrepreneurs in Ghana

Focusing on the tailoring and cosmetology trades in Ghana, this study aims to estimate the private returns to trade association membership for women and identify how these benefits differ for those connected outside the trade association. 

Research Project
5 Jul 2014

Why do Some Micro-entrepreneurs do Better than Others? The Role of Innovation in Marketing Practices in Driving Performance (Stage One)

Through a field experiment on micro food retailers in Cairo, the research team investigates the importance of innovation in marketing practices for scaling and improving businesses.

Research Project
25 Jun 2014

Contractual Structure, Borrower Selection, and Hypothetical Loan Demand: Survey Evidence from Uganda

Using survey data on micro and small enterprises in Uganda, this study investigates the phenomenon of ‘adverse selection’ in credit markets – i.e.

Research Note
17 Jun 2014

Direct and Indirect Impacts of Credit Scoring for Small and Medium Enterprises

This project estimates the spillover effects on competing firms and through the supply chain of an credit intervention with SMEs.

Research Project
13 Jun 2014

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