This is the second in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Each evening the sun sets more than 90 minutes later in west India than in the east of the country. This…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This is the seventh in this year’s job market series. Developing countries regularly underperform in their capacity to collect taxes, with tax revenue to GDP ratios that are 20 to 30 percent less…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In a 2009 paper, David McKenzie and coauthors Chris Woodruff and Suresh de Mel find that giving cash grants to male entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka has a positive and significant return, while giving…

Markus Goldstein |

I have worked for a while with different attempts to get informal firms to register their businesses and become formal. We have tried giving them information and actually paying them to formalize…

David McKenzie |

In my very first experiment, Suresh de Mel, Chris Woodruff, and I gave small grants of capital to microenterprises in Sri Lanka. We found that these one-time grants had lasting impacts on firm…

David McKenzie |

This post is co-authored with Michael O’Sullivan.   Effective property rights matter for development. And heck, they even got a couple of shout outs in the recently adopted Sustainable Development…

Markus Goldstein |

This is the eleventh in our series of posts by students on the job market this year Researchers, policymakers and aid organizations have devoted lots of attention to improving access to credit and…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

Measuring microenterprise profits is hard. Most owners of these small firms keep no records and have very volatile incomes.  Asking firm owners what their profits are can lead to high refusal…

David McKenzie |