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The Impact of Commitment Contracts on Workplace Productivity in India

Self-control problems can lead people to fall short of their personal and professional goals, often resulting in lower than desired workplace productivity. Researchers, in partnership with an Indian data entry firm, conducted a randomized evaluation to test whether self-control problems existed in...

The Impact of Virtual and Face-to-Face Peer Networks on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 49 Countries across Africa

Fernando Vega-Redondo
Paolo Pin
Cristiana Benedetti-Fasil
Charles Brummitt
Gaia Rubera
Drik Hovy
Tommaso Fornaciari
Peer networks are seen as important for stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship, but little is known about how the structure and composition of networks affect innovation performance. Researchers compared the effects of face-to-face and virtual peer interaction on the submission and quality of...

Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance in China

Adam Szeidl

Can facilitating relationships between small- and medium-sized businesses help them grow? In Jiangxi Province, China, researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to study the impact of business relationships on firm performance. Monthly meetings among firms increased sales, profits, and other...

Evidence on Effects of and Rationales for Subsidized Entrepreneurship Training in the United States

Robert W. Fairlie
Subsidizing entrepreneurship training in the United States did not improve access to training services or promoted employment among groups affected by discrimination.

Importance of Ethnic Networks in Business Transactions in India

Sandya Raj Kamal Kumar Iyer
Researchers evaluated whether the ethnicities of wholesale buyers and sellers in Chennai, India, affected the transaction terms. They found that traders offered lower prices to buyers of the same ethnicity, but not necessarily because they trusted them more.

Participation and Regulatory Compliance Amongst Firms in Vietnam

Edmund Malesky
Markus Taussig
Researchers evaluated whether participating in the law-making process influenced firms’ compliance with regulations in Vietnam. Firms that participated in the drafting of new regulation had more positive views of the government’s regulatory authority, were more likely to allow auditors to examine...

Improving Third-Party Audits and Regulatory Compliance in India

Researchers evaluated the impact of a reform to the pollution audit system in India, making auditors more independent, on the truthfulness of their reporting and the behavior of the firms they audited.

The Impact of Social Connections on Firms’ Business Practices in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Zambia

Simon Quinn
Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Zambia to measure whether generating social connections between manufacturing firm managers could lead to the diffusion and adoption of best business practices. These social interactions led to the spread of best practices...