Showing all Projects in Bangladesh

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    Technology adoption and diffusion: The System of Rice Intensification and food security in Bangladesh

    We examine the role of farmers’ social networks to understand the diffusion and adoption of the 'System of Rice Intensification' (SRI) in Bangladesh.  Our results show that agricultural productivity could be increased significantly by adopting SRI and diffusion through opinion leaders or role models could be an effective way for information dissemination at the...

    4 Sep 2015 | Asadul Islam, Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps

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    Gender empowerment and productivity in the garment sector

      Within Bangladesh’s garment sector, women make up 80% of workers but less than 10% of managers. Researchers piloted a study that provided training to employees and evaluated their rates of promotion and performance as managers. They found female trainees are as or more effective managers than the male trainees, but promotion rates for the female trainees...

    17 Mar 2015 | Christopher Woodruff, Rocco Macchiavello, Andreas Menzel, Farria Naeem

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    Infrastructure and Well-being: Employment Effects of Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh

    This study particularly focuses on the structures of poverty reduction effects, of a large infrastructure, such as job transformation and non-farm employments. We particularly focus on the impact of Jamuna multipurpose bridge (JMB), the largest bridge as well as the ever largest infrastructure in Bangladesh, on labour market integration. Jamuna River, one of the main water...

    13 Feb 2015 | Minhaj Mahmud, Yasuyuki Sawada

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    Political strikes and its impacts on trade: Evidence from Bangladeshi transaction-level export data

    Delays are an important barrier to international trade. Djankov, Freund, and Pham (2010) estimate that an additional day spent prior to shipment reduces trade by more than 1 percent. Similarly, Hummels and Schaur (2012) estimate that each day spent in transit costs a firm 0.6–2.1 percent of its shipment’s value. Such delays are extremely costly for several reasons....

    27 Nov 2014 | Kazi Iqbal, Reshad Ahsan

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    Export Growth Determinants in Bangladesh

    What explains export booms in developing countries? In prior IGC-funded research examining apparel exports from Bangladesh we uncovered an interesting pattern, namely that entry into exporting is comparatively low but entrants tend to be larger and exhibit lower rates of exit. We conjectured that these patterns arise because Bangladeshi apparel exporters tend to be new...

    11 Nov 2014 | Jonathan Eaton, Kala Krishna, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare, Clare Tybout, Bee Yan Aw-Roberts

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    Technology adoption and food security in rural Bangladesh

    The “System of Rice Intensification” (SRI), developed in Madagascar in the 1980s for liquidity-constrained smallholder farmers like those in Bangladesh, has demonstrated dramatic potential for increasing rice yields without requiring additional purchased inputs (seed, fertilizer, etc.), nor increased irrigation. But these gains, although widely documented in...

    30 Sep 2014 | Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps, Garth Holloway, Asadul Islam, Mohammad Abdul Malek, Ummul Hasanath Ruthbah, Jeffrey LaFrance, Debayan Pakrashi

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    Measuring productivity in multi-product firms

    New IGC study will collect data on productivity in ready-made garment factories across the world Information will be compared against international standards to accurately compare factories in ten countries (including five IGC partner countries) Will be the most comprehensive data ever collected Sustained increases in income are not possible without...

    4 Sep 2014 | Christopher Woodruff, Rocco Macchiavello

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    Taxpayer recognition programme

    Researchers implemented a range of programmes to exploit firms’ interest in social recognition to increase VAT compliance. Exposing information about firms’ tax compliance to their peers can increase tax payment in a cost-effective way. After receiving information about the tax payment status of neighbouring firms, firms in high-compliance areas...

    4 Sep 2014 | Nasiruddin Ahmed, Raj Chetty, Ghulam Hossain, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Aminur Rahman, Monica Singhal

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    Basic entrepreneurship: A big new idea in development

    Evaluation of the BRAC ultra-poor programme in Bangladesh. Targeting households of ultra-poor women, BRAC's programme has reached 1.6 million households. Project led to a 37% average increase in annual earnings. The world’s poorest people lack both capital and skills. They tend to engage in low-skilled wage labour activities that are insecure...

    4 Sep 2014 | Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Narayan Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman

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    E-procurement in Bangladesh

    In theory, moving government procurement processes online can save costs by curbing collusive practices amongst bidders and increasing honest competition for contracts. This project evaluated the actual effects of the introduction of e-procurement in a government department in Bangladesh. The researcher found that e-procurement has a significant impact on...

    4 Sep 2014 | Wahid Abdallah