Gabriel Tourek

Gabriel Tourek is a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and J-PAL working with the Digital Identification and Finance Initiative. His research focusses on political economy and public economics, and market and behavioural frictions that constrain firms’ decision-making and growth.

Content by Gabriel Tourek
  • Project

    Hiring frictions and growth among small firms: Evidence from an internet platform-based experiment

    This project uses randomisation of access to an online job portal for firms seeking entry-level workers in Bangalore, India to test whether frictions in the labour recruitment process constrain the growth and productivity of small and growing firms. Specifically, the experiment will test whether online portals can do screening and background verifications to improve...

    3 Aug 2022 | A Nilesh Fernando, Niharika Singh, Gabriel Tourek

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    Formalising informal taxation: Evidence from the DRC

    Informal taxation, which often involves contributing labour toward local public goods provision, is a frequently overlooked source of local public finance in developing countries. However, in most countries the incidence of informal taxation is regressive: poor households often contribute more work hours than better-off households, and at times the most disadvantaged...

    22 Jan 2021 | Augustin Bergeron, Gabriel Tourek, Jonathan Weigel

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    Hiring frictions and growth among small firms in India

    This project asks whether frictions in the labour recruitment process constrain the growth of small, urban firms in India. In partnership with QuikrJobs, a leading online job portal for entry-level skilled and semi-skilled recruitment in India, we conduct an experiment cross-randomizing access to two interventions for small firms in Bangalore, India, looking to hire on the...

    1 Mar 2020 | A Nilesh Fernando, Niharika Singh, Gabriel Tourek