Social Networks

Monitoring and Accountability for Public Service Delivery: A Study of Electricity Reliability to Health Services Providers in Rural Kenya

This project evaluates the effects of greater public awareness on electricity reliability to health services providers in Kenya.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Peer Networks and Entrepreneurship: A Pan-African RCT

Do business interaction and exchange of ideas among peers foster entrepreneurship?

Research Note
4 Feb 2020

Identifying Productivity Spillovers Using the Structure of Production Networks

Despite the importance of agglomeration externalities in theoretical work, evidence for their nature, scale, and scope remains elusive, particularly in developing countries.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2018

Social Origins of Dictatorship: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Existing theories of democratic reversals emphasize that economic incentives should determine when elites resist democracy. Naidu, Robinson and Young (2017) argue that the capacity to organize coups against democracy is also important, and is shaped by the structure of the social network.

Research Note
13 Jun 2017

Interfirm Relationship and Business Performance

In this paper published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Cai and Szeidl (2018) organized business associations for the owner-managers of randomly selected young Chinese firms to study the effect of business networks on firm performance.

Journal Article
1 Mar 2017

Optimizing Network Referrals to Identify and Recruit Creditworthy Entrepreneurs

Microfinance lenders make limited credit offers because of operational challenges of extensive screening and selection process. We study if optimizing a referral protocol can be used to recruit good entrepreneurs and thus increase access to credit.

Research Note
27 Feb 2017

Virtual Social Networks and Entrepreneurship in Low-Income Countries: A Randomized Controlled Experiment in Ghana

This project aims to test whether poor social networks are a key factor limiting the rise of entrepreneurial behaviour in rural areas of low-income countries.

Research Project
15 Dec 2016

Targeting High Ability Entrepreneurs Using Community Information: Mechanism Design In The Field

The impacts of cash grants and access to credit are known to vary widely, but progress on targeting these services to high-ability, reliable entrepreneurs is so far limited.

Working Paper
9 Nov 2016

Social Origins of Dictatorships: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Existing theories of coups against democracy emphasize that elite incentives to mount a coup depend on the threat that democracy represents to them and what they stand to gain from dictatorship.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2016

Interfirm Relationship and Business Performance

Regular meetings between managers of young Chinese firms substantially improved firm performance. Channels included learning from peers and new supplier-client matches. This research note also discusses the project, "Finance and Networks in China".

Research Note
24 Oct 2016

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