Structural Transformation

Agricultural Productivity and Structural Transformation: Evidence from Brazil

In this paper, published in the American Economic Review, Bustos, Caprettini and Ponticelli (2016) study the effects of the adoption of new agricultural technologies on structural transformation.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2016

Special Economic Zones: Lessons from the Global Experience

Special economic zones (SEZs) or industrial parks can be an effective instrument to promote industrialization and structural transformation, but only when implemented properly in the right context. More than 50 years of experience with special export zones yields a mixed picture.

Synthesis Paper
16 Jul 2019

Horizontal and Vertical Polarization: Task-Specific Technological Change in a Multi-Sector Economy

Lee and Shin (2017) analyze the effect of technological change in a novel framework that integrates an economy's skill distribution with its occupational and industrial structure. Individuals become managers or workers based on their managerial vs.

Working Paper
21 Sep 2017

Capital Allocation Across Regions, Sectors and Firms: Evidence from a Commodity Boom in Brazil

Bustos, Garber and Ponticelli (2016) study the allocation of capital across regions, sectors and firms. In particular, they assess to what extent growth in agricultural productivity can lead to an increase in the supply of credit in industry and services.

Working Paper
1 Feb 2017

Conflict and Private Enterprise Activity in Low-Income Countries

Violent conflict has numerous negative effects on private entrepreneurial activity and, as a consequence, on economic development.

Research Note
10 Jul 2015

Business as Unusual. An Explanation of the Increase of Private Economic Activity in High-Conflict Areas in Afghanistan

In this paper, Ciarli, Kofol, and Menon (2015) use a unique dataset that combines spatial detailed information on conflict events and on households' activity, to show a positive and significant correlation between violent conflict and entrepreneurship in Afghanistan.

Working Paper
25 Jun 2015