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    Gender discrimination in access to capital: Experimental evidence from Ethiopian SGBs

    Access to capital is widely considered a key accelerator for business productivity and growth. Gender discrimination against entrepreneurs, who form the largest sector of the labor force in sub-Saharan Africa, may drive gender gaps in access to capital and subsequently reduce the performance of female-owned businesses. This raises concerns about both gender equity and...

    8 Jun 2021 | Shanthi Manian, Ketki Sheth

  • Publication - Project Report

    COVID-19 impact on Nigerian wholesale and retail trade

    The COVID-19 crisis has impacted wholesale and retail businesses in Nigeria and other developing countries in myriad ways for several months with lasting effects. The purpose of this research was to identify the effects of COVID-19 on traders' businesses in Lagos markets. Understanding the impact of the pandemic on MSMEs in the trading sector and the ways they adapt to it...

    7 Jun 2021 | Hakeem Bishi, Shelby Grossman, Meredith Startz

  • Copyright : Kutty V. / ILO
    Publication - Policy Brief

    Using online job portals to track the real-time impacts of COVID-19 in India

    A real-time assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy (and labour markets in particular) has been an important policy challenge, especially in low-income countries like India. We leverage real-time, high-frequency data on over 300,000 job postings from Shine.com, India’s second largest online job portal, to investigate the impact of lockdowns on the...

    2 Jun 2021 | Gaurav Chiplunkar , Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Which jobs are lost during a lockdown? Evidence from vacancy postings in India

    1 Jun 2021 | Gaurav Chiplunkar , Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Branch management and firm credit: Evidence from Ethiopia

    In order to understand the functioning of banks and firm credit in low-income countries, we collect novel datasets on the management practices and credit conditions from the universe of bank branches in Ethiopia. Our preliminary findings indicate that branches with strong practices operate over longer geographic distances and supply more local credit. We also observe that...

    1 Jun 2021 | Nicola Gennaioli, Nicola Limodio, Francesco Strobbe

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Does the gender of your co-worker matter? Evidence from call centres in India

    Several theories suggest that gender integration in the workplace may have negative effects in gender-segregated societies. This study presents results from a randomised controlled trial conducted in India on the effect of gender integration on employee productivity. The study was implemented in call centres located in five Indian cities. A total of 765 employees...

    26 May 2021 | Deepshikha Batheja

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    Leveraging public-private partnerships for service delivery in Pakistan

    Citizens' expectations for the government to deliver increasingly complex services has grown considerably, which has also exposed serious limitations of the current governance system to deliver these services. A method of bridging the gap between demand and delivery in Punjab was through the creation of public sector companies, licensed under Section 42 of the Companies...

    21 May 2021 | Ijaz Nabi

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    An analysis of the East African Community’s (EAC) supply chain trade

    One of the goals of the East African Community (EAC) is to support the growth of regional value chains. This project will give an overview of the current state of its supply chain trade. It will then look at intra-EAC trade within four priority value chains for the EAC- Leather, Cotton, Iron and Steel and Wood and would conclude with a case study of Uganda’s integration...

    21 May 2021 | Jaime de Melo

  • Publication - Project Report

    The resilience of informal labour markets

    This project studies labour relations in informal economies where there are no written contracts, employment benefits, or protection for workers. ‘Informality’ is a defining characteristic of labour markets in most developing countries, making the study of employment relationships and related policy challenges especially difficult due to the paucity of administrative...

    20 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume