Simon Quinn

Simon Quinn is currently working as an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford Department of Economics, where he is also a Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies.

Content by Simon Quinn
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How social networks shape local labour markets: Evidence from Ethiopia

    In Addis Ababa, a large proportion of young people find temporary and informal jobs with the help of their social contacts – people who often live in the same neighbourhood as them. This study examines how the social networks in urban neighbourhoods shape the structure of the local labour markets and what the implications for productivity are, with the help of a...

    7 Jan 2019 | Simon Quinn, Marc Witte

  • Project

    Understanding Industrial Parks

    Ethiopia has recently launched an ambitious programme of industrialisation. The government of this fast-growing, densely populated country hopes to attract foreign investment in its brand-new industrial parks by offering a large workforce, competitive wages, cheap electricity and good infrastructure. Several garment factories have already started production in the...

    18 Jan 2018 | Stefano Caria, Simon Quinn, Stefan Dercon

  • Blog post

    Six insights for engaging community activists in rural development

    You can’t overstate the importance of local organisations in providing services for their communities. Pakistan’s flash flood of 2012 washed away the water supply scheme and 1.5 kilometres of a road in the remote village of Kiyar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karimabad valley. After a week, the local community restored these services itself. In the hilly areas of northern...

    9 Aug 2017 | Hamna Ahmed, Asha Gul, Saheem Khizar, Simon Quinn, Katherine Vyborny

  • Blog post

    How well represented are women in Pakistan's rural volunteer organisations?

    Since the 1980s, Pakistan has followed a unique model of social mobilization that has contributed greatly towards rural development and poverty alleviation. This model of social mobilization and community participation involves setting up local community organizations at the neighborhood, village and union council (UC) levels. These organizations comprise local volunteer...

    9 May 2017 | Hamna Ahmed, Asha Gul, Saheem Khizar, Simon Quinn, Katherine Vyborny

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Time-inconsistency, liquidity and the demand for commitment savings products

    13 Jan 2017 | Rachel Cassidy, Simon Quinn

  • Project

    Job referrals and strategic network formation: Experimental evidence from urban neighbourhoods in Ethiopia

    This project poses the question: Do unemployed individuals use their job referral opportunities to strengthen their position in a geographically restricted social network? In particular, the project looks at whether there is reciprocity in the job referral process among individuals from the same geographic area. In addition, the laboratory experiment will be able to shed...

    8 Nov 2016 | Simon Quinn, Marc Witte

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Curse of anonymity or tyranny of distance? (Working paper)

    18 Aug 2016 | Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Marcel Fafchamps, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin, Simon Quinn

  • Project

    Microequity for microenterprises in Pakistan

    Traditional market based investments in microentrepreneurs are largely structured and financed through debt, or small loans. Microentrepreneurs rely heavily on micro-loans with short repayment windows. This means that profits generated are often quickly dispatched into repaying outstanding loans, rather than reinvested into growing a business. Relying exclusively on...

    6 Jul 2016 | Simon Quinn, Muhammad Meki

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Microcredit and microsavings for microenterprises in Pakistan

    8 Apr 2016 | Giovanna D'Adda, Uzma Afzal, Marcel Fafchamps, Simon Quinn, Farah Said

  • Project

    Outsourcing state capacity: A field experiment in Pakistan

    Effective state institutions are known to be important for growth. At the same time, a large proportion of donor assistance and public service spending is now channelled through non- government organisations (NGOs). This raises issues of how these institutions interact with the traditional institutions of the state: do they complement the development of effective state...

    25 Feb 2016 | Naved Hamid, Simon Quinn, Katherine Vyborny, Hamna Ahmed, Asha Gul

  • Project

    Do managers use financial incentives effectively? Evidence from a field experiment in urban Ethiopia

    Firms in developing countries find it hard to recruit adequately skilled workers, and to motivate and retain them (World Bank, 2013; IGC, 2014). Yet, recent evidence suggests that many firms do not use standard financial rewards to attract high quality workers and increase their performance (Bloom et al., 2010; Fafchamps and Woodruff, 2014). Are financial rewards too costly...

    16 Dec 2015 | Simon Quinn, Stefano Caria, Girum Abebe

  • Project

    Time-inconsistency, liquidity, and the demand for commitment savings products

    Low savings rates among small businesses are thought to inhibit growth in developing countries. Self-control issues have been proposed as a primary reason for these low savings rates. We examined the role of self-control issues (“present-bias”) as a potential driver of financial decision-making and demand for commitment savings products amongst female...

    19 Jan 2015 | Simon Quinn, Rachel Cassidy

  • Project

    Microcredit and microsaving for microenterprises in Pakistan

    Microfinance remains an important and pressing issue for research in developing economies. Traditionally, it was believed that microlending is an effective way to encourage entrepreneurship, particularly among groups of female borrowers. But several recent studies have cast doubt on that conclusion – suggesting instead that microloans are unlikely to have dramatic...

    30 Sep 2014 | Naved Hamid, Simon Quinn, Marcel Fafchamps, Giovanna D'Adda

  • Project

    Assisting Job Search in Low-Employment Communities

    In Africa, where young people often struggle to find good jobs, the cost of searching for jobs and lack of information can prevent businesses from matching up successfully with young job-seekers. A randomised evaluation of two job-search programmes for young people in Addis Ababa aimed to address this problem. Findings suggest that young job-seekers who attend...

    5 Sep 2014 | Simon Quinn, Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin