Firms and Innovation

The Firms and Innovation Initiative is motivated by the view that one of the best anti-poverty programs is a steady job at a wage sufficient to support the basic needs of a household. Such jobs are more likely to be available when an economy’s industrial sector is thriving, when firms are growing and investing in their workforces. Innovation – understood broadly to mean all types of learning: how to produce new products, how to reduce costs, how to upgrade quality, how to manage an organization – is a key driver of industrial development. Why are some firms able to innovate and some not? Why are some industries and regions populated by dynamic, innovative firms and some not?  What role can public policy play in overcoming market failures and stimulating innovation and industrial development? These are core questions for the initiative. The Firms and Innovation Initiative is led by CDEP Co-Director Eric Verhoogen.

Projects:

The Arrival of Fast Internet and Skilled Job Creation in Africa

Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Jonas Hjort with Jonas Poulsen. 

Unraveling the Market Structure Behind International Migration

Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Suresh Naidu, with Shing-Yi Wang and Yaw Nyarko. 

The High Cost of High-Quality Inputs as a Barrier to Upgrading

Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Amit Khandelwal, CDEP Co-Director Eric Verhoogen, David Atkin of MIT and Azam Chaudhry and Shamyla Chaudry of the Lahore School of Economics.

Promoting High Impact Entrepreneurship in Mexico: A Randomized Evaluation

Investigators: CDEP Co-Director Eric Verhoogen, David Atkin of MIT, and Leonardo Iacovone and Alejandra Mendoza of the World Bank.

Electricity Cost and Firm Performance: Evidence from India

Investigator: CDEP Fellow Ama Baafra Abeberese

Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan

Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Amit Khandelwal, CDEP Co-Director Eric Verhoogen, David Atkin of Yale University and Azam Chaudhry and Shamyla Chaudry, both of the Lahore School of Economics.

Ethnic Divisions and Production in Firms

Investigator: CDEP Affiliate Jonas Hjort.

Enlisting Workers in Improving Payroll-Tax Compliance: Evidence from Mexico

Investigators: CDEP Student Affiliate Todd Kumler, CDEP Co-Director Eric Verhoogen, and Judith Frías of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social.

Exports and Wage Premia: Evidence from Mexican Employer-Employee Data

Investigators: CDEP Co-Director Eric Verhoogen, David Kaplan of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Judith Frías of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social.

The Real Effects of Elecronic Wage Payments: A Field Experiment with Salaried Factory Workers in Bangladesh

Investigators: Emily Breza and Martin Kanz and Leora Klapper, both of the World Bank.

Ethiopia: More Sweatshops for Africa?

Investigators: Chris Blattman and Stefan Dercon, Professor of Development Economics at the University of Oxford and Chief Economist at the U.K. Department of International Development

Self Control at Work

Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Supreet Kaur, and Michael Kremer and Sendhil Mullainathan, both of Harvard University.

Barriers to Trade: Contracting Failures in Irrigation Markets

Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Supreet Kaur and Ryan Bubb of New York University.