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Working PaperCOVID-19 in Central America: effects of firm resilience and policy responses on employment
With data from the World Bank Enterprise Survey, this paper examines how firm-level resilience capabilities interact with government support in the reduction of lay-offs among formal firms in Central America...Capabilities Resilience COVID-19
Working PaperContract clientelism: How infrastructure contracts fund vote-buying
Where does the money come from to buy votes? We argue that an important source of funds for vote-buying comes from ‘contract clientelism’, or the provision of public contracts to private firms in exchange for campaign donations...Contracts vote-buying Clientelism
Working PaperLocal governance quality and law compliance: The case of Mozambican firms
Using panel data of manufacturing enterprises in Mozambique between 2012 and 2017, we investigate how changes in perceived quality of governance are related to firms’ law compliance...Governance Transparency Law
Working PaperThe minimum wage and firm networks: Evidence from South Africa
There is a large literature on the minimum wage focused on directly exposed firms and geographies...Minimum wage Supply chains Firms
Working PaperCash grants to manufacturers after Cyclone Idai: RCT evidence from Mozambique
In March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique and caused widespread damage, including businesses in the enterprise sector...Firms Manufacturing Natural disasters
Working PaperCyclone impacts on manufacturing firms in Mozambique
This study investigates how manufacturing companies were affected by tropical Cyclone Idai, which struck Central Mozambique in March 2019...Firms Natural disasters
Technical NoteIdentifying foreign firms and South African multinational enterprises: CIT-IRP5 panel v4.0
The identification of foreign firms and South African multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the CIT-IRP5 panel has proved to be a challenge for many researchers...Multinational firms Foreign firms Tax data
Working PaperInformality and firm performance in Myanmar
Using a novel panel survey of enterprises in Myanmar, we compare the performance of manufacturing firms by three different informality definitions. The first is binary, based on whether firms pay taxes...Firms Informality Myanmar
Working PaperPartnership for inclusive growth: Can linkages with large firms spur the growth of SMEs in Tanzania?
A recent strand of literature on small and medium enterprise (SME) development identifies linkages with large firms as some of the enablers of development and competitiveness. However, there is a dearth of empirical studies on the topic...SMEs Firm linkages Firms
Working PaperLinkages and spillover effects of South African foreign direct investment in Botswana and Kenya
In recent decades, the impact of South African foreign direct investment in Africa has been captured by research and policy. This paper investigates linkages and spillover effects of South African foreign direct investment in Botswana and Kenya...Foreign Direct Investment Economic linkages Spillover effects
BlogOpening the vault: Data, research, and improved policymaking in South Africa
Policymakers often work in the dark, as they try to make real impact on people’s lives. If you don’t have good data, being worked on by good researchers, it can be hard to know whether efforts are truly making a difference...Tax Data Firms