Social Compliance and Labour

Whistleblowing Mechanisms for Employer Misbehavior: Evidence from the Bangladeshi Garments Sector

This project examines how the design and introduction of a whistleblower system affect information transmission by employees and misconduct by employers.

Research Project
12 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
8 Oct 2019

The Impact of Monitoring Technologies on Contracts and Employee Behavior: Experimental Evidence from Kenya's Matatu Industry

Agency theory suggests that moral hazard in employer-employee contracting constrains firm profits.

Working Paper
2 Oct 2019

Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth: 5-Year Evidence on Factory Job Offers and Cash Grants in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Blattman, Dercon and Franklin (2019) randomly assign mostly female jobseekers to receive an industrial job offer or an unconditional cash transfer, meant to spur self-employment.

Research Note
12 Sep 2019

Joint Lending, Not Borrowing: A New Approach to Credit and Entrepreneurship in LDCs

Wan and Chandrasekhar (2019) study how the quality of decision making, in this case by credit officers, depends on (1) whether decisions are made at the group or individual level, (2) whether soft information is available beyond hard information, and (3) the incentive structure that officers face.

Research Note
26 Feb 2019

Negotiating Business and Family Demands within a Patriarchal Society - The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in the Nepalese Context

The aim of this paper, published in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, is to advance our understanding of how women negotiate their business and family demands in a developing country context.

Journal Article
4 Feb 2019

Hostel Takeover: Living Conditions, Reference Dependence, and the Well-Being of Migrant Workers

Adhvaryu, Nyshadham and Xu (2018) report impacts of a randomized housing quality improvement intervention among Indian migrant workers.

Working Paper
15 Jan 2019

Who Creates New Firms When Local Opportunities Arise?

New firm formation is a critical driver of job creation, and an important contributor to the responsiveness of the economy to aggregate shocks.

Working Paper
19 Sep 2018

Mitigating Market Frictions by Monitoring Employees in SMEs: A Field Experiment in Kenya’s Public Transport Sector

Schoenholzer, Kelley, Lane and Wagacha (2018) provide firms a new technology that delivers real-time information to the owner of the vehicle about the driver’s productivity and safety. They find that owners use this information to change their management of drivers and re-optimize their contracts.

Research Note
7 Sep 2018

Do Performance Ranks Increase Productivity? Evidence from a Field Experiment

While performance-based ranking may induce workers to increase effort because of status concerns, such information may also demotivate them or make them wary of outperforming peers.

Working Paper
5 Sep 2018

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