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5 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperCharacter or context: What explains behavioural dishonesty in low-income countries?
We run a lab-in-the-field experiment with 1,060 university students in Mozambique to examine the correlates of behavioural dishonesty, distinguishing between intrinsic and extrinsic factors...Cheating Dice game Behaviour
Working PaperAre you what you consume?: Impact of food, soft drinks, and coffee on cognitive and non-cognitive test scores
Cognitive and non-cognitive tests are key factors in many aspects of economics, especially within labour market analysis...Cognitive test Non-cognitive test Measurement error
Journal ArticleSkills, personality traits, and gender wage gaps: Evidence from Bangladesh
We use a recent first-hand linked employer–employee survey covering the formal sector of Bangladesh to explain gender wage gaps by the inclusion of measures of cognitive attainment and personality traits...Gender gap Income inequality Cognitive ability
Working PaperManagerial attributes and enterprise access to formal credit in Myanmar
Using data from a new survey of small and medium-sized enterprises in Myanmar, we analyse enterprise demand for formal credit and the extent to which they are constrained in the formal credit market...Formal credit Gender Personality traits
Working PaperSkills, personality traits, and gender wage gaps: Evidence from Bangladesh
We use a recent first-hand linked employer-employee survey covering the formal sector of Bangladesh to explain gender wage gaps by the inclusion of measures of cognitive attainment and personality traits...Gender gap Income inequality Cognitive ability