Training/Mentoring

Friends or Competitors: Peer Effects within Business Accelerator Programs

This research examines the impact of interaction between peers within business accelerators programs on early-stage firms in Nigeria.

Research Project
1 Apr 2022

Small business training to improve management practices in developing countries: re-assessing the evidence for ‘training doesn’t work’

Despite the popularity of business training among policy-makers, its use has faced increasing scepticism. Most of the first randomized experiments could not detect statistically significant impacts of training on firm profits or sales.

Journal Article
29 Jun 2021

Skin in the Game: Microequity and Mentorship for Online Freelancing-based Microentrepreneurs in Bangladesh

In this pilot project, we demonstrate the exciting potential of online freelancing for improving the incomes of poor youth in rural Bangladesh.

Research Note
23 Apr 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

Management Traits as Embodied Human Capital: A Randomised Field Experiment in Ethiopia

What is the effect of exposing motivated youth to firm management in practice? To answer this question, we place young professionals for one month in established firms to shadow middle managers.

Research Note
12 Feb 2021

Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized Experiment in Kenya

A common concern with efforts to directly help some small businesses to grow is that their growth comes at the expense of their unassisted competitors.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2021

Training Entrepreneurs

Aid agencies and governments spend more than a billion US$ on entrepreneurship training annually. What have we learned about the effectiveness of training? We review research on entrepreneurship training.

VoxDevLit
2 Dec 2020

Worker Heterogeneity and Job Search: Evidence from a Six-Year Experiment in Uganda

Developing countries face the challenge of aiding large cohorts of labour market entrants find good jobs. How to do so is complicated by job seekers differing in their skills, information and traits. Bandiera et al.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2020

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

Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda

Alfonsi, Bandiera, Bassi, Burgess, Rasul, Sulaiman and Vitali (2020) design a labor market experiment to compare demand- and supply-side policies to tackle youth unemployment, a key issue in low-income countries.

Journal Article
1 Nov 2020

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