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    Opening the door to formalisation: Small-scale diamond mining and rural economic development in Sierra Leone

    Since their discovery in the 1930s, alluvial diamonds have made a significant contribution to the rural economy in resource-rich stretches of Sierra Leone. However, although the artisanal diamond mining sector has provided employment for hundreds of thousands of poor people, has generated valuable start-up capital for downstream industries and has helped to nourish...

    28 Nov 2016 | Roy Maconachie, Ainsley Butler, Gavin Hilson

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    The real effects of electronic wage payments: An experiment with salaried factory workers in Bangladesh

    This study investigated whether employers can assist their workers in developing basic financial capability through the use of electronic wage payments. We tested whether direct deposits have an effect on workers’ savings, remittances, consumption and use of credit. Digital wage payments increased savings and the ability to cope with unanticipated shocks. All...

    24 Nov 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

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    Randomised impact evaluation of farmer participatory innovative agricultural practices

    Low production and productivity are problems that characterise the agricultural sector in Mozambique. Although most people in Mozambique practice agriculture, the sector contributes to a relatively low proportion of the country's GDP. Modern technologies such as chemical fertisers, improved seeds, irrigation, etc, could potentially increase agricultural productivity, but,...

    24 Nov 2016 | Cátia Batista, Dean Karlan, Gharad Bryan

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    Scarcity at the end of the month - A field experiment with garment factory workers in Bangladesh

    This study tested how an improvement in the ability to smooth income (either through changes in the frequency of wage payments or the availability of a short-term savings product) affects worker productivity. We designed a randomised controlled trial (RCT) that varied the income stream of Bangladeshi garment workers over time by offering a bonus payment of 10-15% to...

    24 Nov 2016 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

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    Driving usage of mobile money in Pakistan

    More than a 100 million Pakistanis don’t have access to formal and regulated financial services (World Bank), accounting for 5 percent of the world's unbanked population, making branchless banking a viable and promising alternative. With more than 20 million customers every month and 75,000 shops in more than 800 cities across Pakistan, Easypaisa is the first and largest...

    24 Nov 2016 | Greg Fischer, Joshua Blumenstock, Adnan Khan

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    Are small and medium enterprises constrained by the inability to raise funds from the equity markets? Evidence from the creation of a new platform in the Bombay Stock Exchange

    This project addresses to what extent lack of access of outside finance impedes the growth, investment, productivity, technological innovation and size of Small and Medium sectors (SMEs) in India. Specifically, it examines the impact of the introduction of a platform exclusively reserved for the SMEs for the purpose of raising equity finance in the Bombay Stock exchange...

    24 Nov 2016 | Sanjay Banerji, Madhav Shrihari, Krishna Gangopadhyay, Shamim Ahmed

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    Spatial integration, agricultural productivity, and development: A quantitative analysis of Ethiopia's road expansion program

    While Ethiopia has been a pre-dominantly agricultural-based economy, productivity in agriculture has been low relative to the rest of the economy, not having changed much since the 1960s. These characteristics are shared by many other developing economies. Agricultural productivity growth is important for Ethiopia’s economic development, its structural transformation, and...

    10 Nov 2016 | Tasso Adamopoulos

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    Subjective expectations, labour market choices, and migration among university students in Mozambique

    Mozambique’s graduate youth employment market is suffering from a skills mismatch, leading to unemployment. An excess of students look for jobs in the public sector, and not many look to become self-employed. Researchers examined students’ expectations about education and labour market returns and their future occupational choices. They found that students...

    8 Nov 2016 | Mariapia Mendola, Luigi Minale, Ines Raimundo

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    Making agricultural extension work by embedding extension workers into the supply chain

    The low productivity of African agriculture is a major reason for poverty on the sub-continent. While a green revolution has transformed rural livelihoods in large parts of Asia, most rural Africans still engage in subsistence farming. Uganda is a good case study in how dysfunctional agricultural markets undermine economic opportunity. The adoption of fertiliser and...

    7 Nov 2016 | Jakob Svensson, Tessa Bold, Tim Ohlenburg

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    Industrial agglomeration and (the lack of) competition

    China’s economic growth is often attributed to the rapid proliferation of special economic zones (SEZs). The results of this project suggests that gains to firms arising from the tax and regulatory incentives they receive for locating inside an SEZ may come at a cost to consumers.  We found that SEZs in China actually promote collusion. Our 'index of...

    27 Oct 2016 | Joseph Kaboski, Wyatt Brooks, Yao Amber Li