Showing all Projects in Bangladesh

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    Mobile payment services in developing countries: Firm capabilities and financial development

    Mobile payment services (MPS) may foster financial inclusion in developing countries by providing a cheap and secure way of transferring and storing money. This is crucial in economies with a large unbanked population and environments where demand for secure and cheap money transfers is high.  While some research exists on the impact of mobile money on consumers and on the...

    14 Oct 2016 | Saul Estrin, Susanna Khavul, Adeline Pelletier

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    Training program for RMG sector: Long-term impact

    Vocational training programs aimed at rapidly growing sectors have the potential to reduce skills gaps and improve firm productivity. Training may also  improve the likelihoods of individuals who are disadvantaged by various socioeconomic conditions. However, vocational programs enhancing skills have often been unsuccessful, because they are not driven by industry-demand...

    19 Aug 2016 | Christopher Woodruff, Abu Shonchoy, Tomoki Fujii

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    Migration and climate change: Environmental vulnerability and location choice in Bangladesh

    Climate change is poised to have dramatic effects on livelihoods around the world. In an effort to minimize the damages, individuals and policymakers alike will seek out strategies for mitigation and adaptation. While migration is only one of several possible strategies, it warrants special attention. Migration is an extreme response to environmental risk, used when other...

    19 Aug 2016 | Joyce Chen

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    Electronic filing system, bureaucratic efficiency and public service delivery: Evidence from Bangladesh

    E-governance initiatives have emerged as the traditional system of doing business by the public sector are proving to be ineffective in, for example, public service delivery and public procurement. Hence, the important research question is: to what extent are these initiatives successful in tackling the inefficiencies in public bureaucracy and public service...

    9 Aug 2016 | Wahid Abdallah

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    Linking Equity and Growth In Bangladesh

    Although Bangladesh’s recent economic growth has resulted in poverty reduction, inequality remains high Equitable growth will require targeted interventions and conscious reallocation of resources in favour of the poor Linking equity with growth in Bangladesh requires greater equality in the formation of human capital Although Bangladesh’s economic...

    21 Feb 2016 | Siddiqur Osmani

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    Understanding the effects of an employer-provided health security program on the well-being, productivity, and health seeking behavior of workers in a semi-formal manufacturing setting in Bangladesh

    Out-of-pocket costs for healthcare cause financial shocks which can lead to impoverishment. Health insurance can pool the risks of healthcare costs but low demand means that this has been ineffective in Bangladesh.   This project aimed to understand the impacts of an employer sponsored health insurance programme on out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries and on the...

    2 Feb 2016 | Atonu Rabbani, Malabika Sarker

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    Travel mode choice preferences of urban commuters in Dhaka: A pilot study

    Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has developed mostly organically and an appropriate planning of the city with long foresight is yet to be implemented. It has resulted in a transportation infrastructure which is wasteful and inconvenient to its citizen. Mass transit system, while it exists, is largely inadequate to provide a reasonable means of travel for its citizens and...

    8 Jan 2016 | Atonu Rabbani, Minhaj Mahmud

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    Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    High-quality bureaucracy and effective public service delivery have been shown to be fundamental ingredients of growth and development.  Accordingly, the Government of Bangladesh has made a priority of improving government effectiveness and administrative capacity, as stated in their 7th five-year plan published in April 2015.  In this plan for 2021, recruitment,...

    18 Nov 2015 | Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, Laura Litvine

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    Mobile banking and remittances among garment workers in Bangladesh: An experimental study

    Mobile money has been shown to have a positive impact on household poverty reduction. However, little experimental evidence exists on the impacts of mobile money on household financial and risk management. We used a randomised experiment to study the adoption, impacts, and perceptions of mobile money in Bangladesh. We found that mobile money adoption has positive...

    5 Oct 2015 | Abu Shonchoy, Jean N. Lee, Jonathan Morduch, Hassan Zaman

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    Contractual flexibility in the credit market, selection into borrowing, and firm growth: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh

    Evidence shows microfinance borrowing firms and households fail to see substantial increases in business growth or consumption resulting from loans. Researchers evaluated the direct and indirect effects of a new flexible BRAC loan contract through a randomised control trial. Results showed increasing repayment flexibility improved the effectiveness of microfinance...

    2 Oct 2015 | Selim Gulesci, Andreas Madestam, Marianna Battaglia