Technology

The Economic Impact of Internet Connectivity in Developing Countries

Firms, workers, and consumers in developing countries are increasingly connected to each other and the rest of the world through the internet. Can this connectivity transform poor economies, as techno-optimists hope, or are there more deeply rooted barriers to economic development?

Synthesis Paper
19 Aug 2021

Mechanising Agriculture: Impacts for Labour and Agricultural Productivity

The measurement of the returns to adoption of mechanised practices is of first order relevance to understanding the effect of policies directed towards capital intensification on overall productivity.

Research Note
18 May 2021

It Takes Two: Experimental Evidence on the Determinants of Technology Diffusion

Hardy and McCasland (2021) report on an experiment that brings insights from the literature on demand-side determinants of technology adoption to the study of peer-to-peer diffusion.

Journal Article
1 Mar 2021

How Do Managers’ Beliefs about New Technologies Evolve? Informational Interventions and the Adoption of Energy-Efficient Stitching Motors in Bangladesh

This project will examine how managers respond to information about new technologies and how successful they are in updating their beliefs.

Research Project
1 Feb 2021

Firm Culture: Can Information Interventions Reduce Gender Gaps in Online Labour Markets?

This project will examine the matching behaviour of job applicants and firms, and the role of ICT in easing frictions and gender gaps, using evidence from the largest online hiring platform in Nigeria.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

Can Mobile Money Adoption Induce Microenterprises to Formalise? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Burkina Faso

This project will assess whether mobile money adoption can induce informal firms to formalise in Burkina Faso.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

Financing Virtual Migration: Incubation and Income Sharing in North Bangladesh

This project investigates the potential for financing 'virtual migration' by training rural youth in Bangladesh to become online freelancers, enabling them to export their labour services to a global online marketplace.

Research Project
1 Dec 2020

Engaging Women in Mobile Money Markets

This project will carry out an RCT to evaluate two interventions that interfere with the supply and demand of mobile financial services to encourage greater participation from women.

Research Project
1 Jun 2020

Realizing the potential of digital development: The case of agricultural advice

Mobile phones are almost universally available, and the costs of information transmission are low. They are used by smallholder farmers in low-income countries, largely successfully, to optimize markets for their produce. Fabregas et al.

Journal Article
13 Dec 2019

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