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    Management in Pakistan

    The Management and Organizational Practices Survey (MOPS) approach was pioneered in the US across 35,000 establishments. The latest initiative took place in the largest province of Pakistan, where management practices were successfully measured in 2,000 firms and mapped to performance indicators from the census of manufacturing. This exercise has been a first step towards...

    17 February 2017 | Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen

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    Organisational structure of trade unions in Myanmar

    Healthy industrial relations, or peaceful negotiations between workers and employers based on mutual benefits, is a key factor for sustained productivity growth. In developing countries, industrial relations are relatively immature, and issues of industrial disputes and strikes are becoming huge political concerns. However, little is known about industrial relations and...

    26 January 2017 | Rocco Macchiavello, Mari Tanaka, Sindy Li

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    Improving export performance in Uganda

    Uganda is keen to leverage its external sector to support economic growth and employment creation through structural transformation. This has become increasingly urgent as commodity prices have levelled off and volumes have stagnated with the global slowdown. Policymakers need to establish a supportive environment within which the private sector can invest in exports. The...

    23 January 2017 | Ben Shepherd

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    A study on the impact of financial market reforms on investment, financing, and governance structures of the publicly traded firms in India

    This project investigates whether financial reforms undertaken in India during early 1990s had any substantial and tangible impact on economic decisions made at the micro level by the publicly traded firms in India. The study seeks to evaluate the effects of creation of a new stock exchange, known as the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and formulation of a new law known as...

    9 January 2017 | Sanjay Banerji, Krishna Gangopadhyay, Madhav Shrihari

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    Understanding workers’ knowledge of working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories

    The garment industry has revolutionised the lives of many people, particularly women, in Bangladesh.  Women have received greater educational investments and postponed marriage and childbearing, and achieved better autonomy household decision-making, the choice of spouse, and the choice to leave abusive marriages.  However, these workers can also face very tough working...

    9 January 2017 | Rachel Heath

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    Capacity building for monitoring & evaluation strategy for Rwanda Development Bank

    This project has two objectives. The first is to produce an integrated study of trade performance and policy priorities that will be of benefit to the government and to DFID as it designs its growth programme. The second is to undertake a scoping visit to assist the Rwandan Development Bank (BRD) in formulating an approach to monitoring and evaluation for its programmes,...

    8 December 2016 | Patrick McSharry, Philip English

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    Opening the door to formalisation: Small-scale diamond mining and rural economic development in Sierra Leone

    Since their discovery in the 1930s, alluvial diamonds have made a significant contribution to the rural economy in resource-rich stretches of Sierra Leone. However, although the artisanal diamond mining sector has provided employment for hundreds of thousands of poor people, has generated valuable start-up capital for downstream industries and has helped to nourish...

    28 November 2016 | Roy Maconachie, Ainsley Butler, Gavin Hilson

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    The real effects of electronic wage payments: An experiment with salaried factory workers in Bangladesh

    Approximately 2.5 billion people around the world are cut off from digital financial systems. These adults –most of them poor– must rely on cash to manage their day-to-day finances and plan for the future. Researchers and policymakers increasingly view the migration of poor households to electronic payment platforms as an essential ingredient in expanding financial...

    24 November 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

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    Randomised impact evaluation of farmer participatory innovative agricultural practices

    Low production and productivity are problems that characterise the agricultural sector in Mozambique. Although most people in Mozambique practice agriculture, the sector contributes to a relatively low proportion of the country's GDP. Modern technologies such as chemical fertisers, improved seeds, irrigation, etc, could potentially increase agricultural productivity, but,...

    24 November 2016 | Cátia Batista, Dean Karlan, Gharad Bryan

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    Scarcity at the end of the month - A field experiment with garment factory workers in Bangladesh

    There is much evidence to suggest that low-income households face enormous difficulties budgeting their income over the course of the month, with surveyed salaried garment factory workers reporting not having enough money for food or having to skip meals in the last week of the month. Such state of scarcity can reduce worker productivity through various channels and is...

    24 November 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper