Category Archives: Call for proposals

Impact of infrastructure improvements in India

Assessing reality of ‘trickle-down’ benefits of greater connectivity for rural households The challenge Increasing infrastructure investment is a key growth strategy in many developing countries; policy debates emphasise the ‘trickle-down’ benefits of such investment. However, there is a gap in our understanding of what type of infrastructure affects individuals’ ability to actualise such opportunities. It […]

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Dynamic household response to health shocks: The interaction of formal and informal debt

Understanding borrowing decisions to design suitable financial products The challenge Where social safety nets are not well developed or funded, a health emergency quickly becomes a financial emergency, potentially preventing individuals from fulfilling their potential as they struggle to meet mounting demands on small and uneven resources. Poor households, particularly those in developing countries with […]

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Entrepreneurship, ESG and venture capital

Towards a long-term research initiative at the intersection of ESG and entrepreneurship The integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions has increased rapidly, but investing in high-growth startups through venture capital (VC) has significantly lagged behind. Evidence suggests this trend is accelerating, and that VCs tend to invest in highly disruptive […]

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When bulldozers loom

Informal property rights and innovation in marketing practices among emerging-market micro-entrepreneurs Micro-entrepreneurs constitute the most common type of business in the world and marketing is the primary means by which they earn their livelihoods. In emerging markets there are a significant number of micro-entrepreneurs and many live precarious lives, characterised by poverty and potentially devastating […]

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Institutional independence and social media

Providing real-time, market-based evidence on threats to institutional independence With the rise of political polarisation and populism in recent election cycles, attacks on national and international independent institutions (Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation) have increased. Analysing market-implied expectations around attacks by political leaders allows assessment of the credibility and severity of […]

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Education for all, occupational choice and business formation in Africa

Examining the success of school expenditure in terms of economic payoff Africa has witnessed an unprecedented increase in access to education in the past decades. Nonetheless, manufacturing employment is tiny, innovation is weak and many large corporations ‘complain’ that there is a skill shortage. Thanks to large-scale school construction throughout the continent, many more children […]

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Refugees of the Mediterranean

The political economy of displacement and refugee flows Large-scale population movements disrupt the economies and social fabrics of many countries. Understanding how substantial populations of involuntarily displaced individuals fare economically and how host communities are affected is crucial. This research explores the developmental impacts of refugee flows and the effect on host communities, and whether […]

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Pump-priming markets at the base of the pyramid

A randomised controlled trial of push vs. pull marketing strategies in rural India For millions of rural consumers in developing countries, the means used for everyday tasks such as cooking, drinking water, and lighting are potentially lethal acts, even though less harmful alternatives are widely used by their urban contemporaries. The quality, availability and affordability […]

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Ethnic favourtism in democracy

The political economy of land and labour in sub-Saharan Africa How resources and wealth are distributed among the population has fundamental implications for welfare. When markets and institutions fail, power relationships between groups shape allocation of resources and yield to inefficient outcomes. These issues are particularly salient on the African continent. Economic inequalities between ethnic […]

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