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    Improving skills in Bihar: How to reduce drop-out rates from training programmes?

    India, like other developing countries, suffers from low productivity of labour (Bloom et al. 2014). Training the labour force is the primary policy to increase skills and labour productivity. However, the literature has shown that designing successful training programmes is difficult (Blattman and Ralston 2016, McKenzie 2017). In many instances, they suffer from low...

    16 Dec 2019 | Roland Rathelot, Wiji Arulampalam, Bhaskar Chakravorty, Clément Imbert

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    Firm growth and information frictions in the market for skills

    This study is motivated by two major challenges confronting low-income countries: Rising unemployment and underemployment, and low productivity and growth in firms. An important reason for this is information frictions in the labour market that affect both firms and work-seekers. On the demand side, firms may have limited information about the skills of workers when they...

    16 Dec 2019 | Erica Field

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    Exchange rate shocks and firm behaviour: Evidence from Ethiopia and Uganda

    As developing countries, Uganda and Ethiopia frequently face exchange rate shocks. The effect of exchange rate shocks on the performance of firms is not well understood. In Ethiopia, policymakers devalue the local currency to correct misalignment. The effect of such devaluation is of interest to policymakers. Manufacturing firms in developing countries rely on imported...

    11 Dec 2019 | Pramila Krishnan

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    Quality upgrading in Myanmar's rice sector

    Linking developing countries’ agricultural producers to foreign markets often requires upgrading product quality (Gereffi (1999), Verhoogen (2008), Atkin et al. (2017)). Typical interventions seek to target a single point along the chain, such as improving fertiliser access to farmers or providing processors credit to upgrade technology. For agricultural goods, achieving...

    10 Dec 2019 | David Atkin, Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Meredith Startz

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    Competitiveness analysis of the Rwanda textile industry

    The National Industrial Research Development Agency (NIRDA) engaged a local consultant to gather data on the garments value chain with a view to analysing its competitiveness in an international perspective, and developing recommendations to support productivity upgrading. This project will make use of the data collected to design a framework for analysing and tracking...

    10 Dec 2019 | Ben Shepherd , Anna Twum

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    Digital information channels in the Rwandan potato value chain

    There are several challenges in modernising agricultural value chains in developing countries. A substantial one is the high unit cost of connecting a vast and remote population of small-scale growers (henceforth, growers) to markets and useful information. The introduction of information and communication technology (ICT) into this sector holds great promise for...

    10 Dec 2019 | Ram Fishman, Michael Kremer, Daniel Bjorkegren

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    Relaxing seasonal constraints to improve labour productivity: Scaling-up with a private sector partner (country wide project)

    In Zambia, small-scale agriculture employs the vast majority of the rural population, despite low levels of productivity and farming income. Most small-scale farms run out of food and cash four to five months after the harvest. Consequently, farmers engage in costly strategies to finance consumption until the next harvest, most commonly selling family labour off-farm in the...

    9 Dec 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Gunther Fink, Felix Masiye

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    Relaxing seasonal constraints to improve labour productivity: Scaling-up with a private sector partner

    In Zambia, small-scale agriculture employs the vast majority of the rural population, despite low levels of productivity and farming income. Recent studies have demonstrated that small scale farmers are most likely to deviate from their original production plan during the “hungry season” that precedes the harvest. Since harvest occurs once a year, most of these farmers...

    6 Dec 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Gunther Fink

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    Worker well-being and productivity in the Bangladesh garment sector

    Recent research suggests stress may affect worker productivity and thereby the accumulation of other forms of human capital. The garment sector is the largest employer of female workers in Bangladesh, the majority of whom have migrated from outside the area where the factories are located. These urban and peri-urban areas are characterised by inadequate basic services and...

    6 Dec 2019 | Atonu Rabbani, Christopher Woodruff, Paula Lopez-Pena, Muhammad Mozumder

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    The role of mobile-based trade credit on business development

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of most economies. They are flexible in responding to new opportunities and possess potential for rapid growth.  As a result, SMEs are believed to serve as engines for innovation, employment, and social mobility. In developing countries, SMEs represent a particularly large part of the economy. However, data...

    4 Dec 2019 | Tavneet Suri, Antoinette Schoar