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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Contracts in international business

    This brief provides an overview of the main contract types in international business, and outlines the public-private partnership (PPP) process for the public and private sectors. It is intended as a reference document for government officers who are regularly faced with international business contracts. For these officers, knowledge of international norms can...

    27 Mar 2019 | Siddhartha Basu

  • Project

    Search and matching frictions for day labourers

    The majority of households living in extreme poverty receive some income from causal day labour, picking up short jobs, typically 1-5 days, in construction, agriculture or manual labour. In South Asia, this is even starker, with 98% of households living below $1 a day engaging in casual labour. This labour market is characterized by low pay, short contracts, fixed wages...

    20 Mar 2019 | Christina Brown

  • Blog post

    Technology and the future of work in developing economies

    2018 has been a year for critical debates on the impact of emerging technology on jobs and the imminent threats and challenges of automation. Although the prospects of development and fast-approaching opportunities are advocated by many tech optimists, they have often been eclipsed by gloomier forecasts, such as “The robots are coming”, “Underestimating AI could be...

    20 Mar 2019 | Laura Sili

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Saving microfinance through innovative lending

    The traditional microfinance model has had limited impact on the income and productivity of borrowers. More innovative and flexible lending models can boost entrepreneurship and welfare.

    13 Mar 2019 | Vikas Dimble, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Event

    SGB Evidence Fund practitioner-researcher matchmaking workshop

    July 2019, Nairobi, Kenya. Full details TBA.  To aid in the development of new practitioner–researcher collaborations, the SGB Evidence Fund will organise annual matchmaking events between practitioners running programmes that support the growth of SGBs, and researchers interested in private sector development. One geographic-specific matchmaking event will be held...

  • Blog post

    Is the rule of law good for women? Evidence from micro-entrepreneurs in Lusaka, Zambia

    The rapidly growing cities of the developing world can be an engine for private sector growth (Krugman, 1991; Glaeser, 2011). However, the positive externalities of living in urban areas become lost opportunities when people cannot safely trade with each other. This can happen either because of lack of mutual confidence or weakness in the rule of law. Across countries,...

    11 Mar 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Edward Glaeser, Alexia Delfino

  • Event

    Webinar: Announcing the Small and Growing Business Evidence Fund

    Miss the webinar? Watch it back here: https://vimeo.com/323484896 Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 Time: 9:00 EST, 13:00 GMT Join ANDE and the International Growth Centre for a webinar introducing a new fund to expand the evidence base for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector. The fund will support collaborations between researchers and practitioners to...

    13 March 2019

  • Data Item

    Data: What do Indian CEOs do? Time use of Indian top executives: Determinants and implications for growth

    We present evidence on the labor supply of CEOs, and on whether family and professional CEOs differ on this dimension. We do so through a new survey instrument that allows us to codify CEOs’ diaries in a detailed and comparable fashion, and to build a bottom-up measure of CEO labor supply. The comparison of 1,114 family and professional CEOs reveals that family CEOs work...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Management practices in retail, education and healthcare sectors in India

    This paper presents the first in-depth descriptive look at the state of management practices in India. Using a unique dataset measuring the quality of management practices across countries and sectors, we find a consistent pattern of poor management practices in India in comparison to higher income countries across all the sectors studied: manufacturing, retail, education...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Growth and informality in urban Africa

    This paper addresses the question as to why we observe such large differentials in earnings in urban African labour markets after controlling for observable human capital. We first use a three year panel across Ghana and Tanzania and find common patterns for both countries assuming that movement between occupations is exogenous. Unobserved individual market ability is by...

    1 Mar 2019