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On-line Appendix for "Does Mandating Non-discrimination in Hiring Practices Influence Women’s Employment? Evidence Using Firm-level Data" (with Asif Islam), Mimeograph (2014)

This is the on-line appendix for the paper titled "Does Mandating Non-discrimination in Hiring Practices...

 

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Use of Imported Inputs and the Cost of Importing: Evidence form Developing Countries (with Asif Islam), Applied Economics Letters (forthcoming) (2014)

For a representative sample of manufacturing firms in 26 countries, the paper shows that changes...

 

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Female vs. Male Top Manager of Private Firms in Developing Countries: Implications for Country and Firm Characteristics, Mimeograph (2014)

Gender disparity in various economic dimensions has prompted policy measures aimed at providing greater employment...

 

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The Relevance of Firm-size In the Informal Sector: Evidence from Developing Countries, Mimeograph (2014)

Using newly collected on informal firms in 11 countries in Africa, we explore whether firm-size...

 

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Use of Foreign Intermediate Inputs in Developing Countries: Determinants and Effects (Short Note) (with Asif Islam and Po Yin Wong), Mimeograph (2014)

Theory suggests a number of channels through which use of foreign inputs could contribute to...

 

Short Notes

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Gender and Informality (A short note) (2010)

For a sample of informal firms in Burkina Faso, Cameroons, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar...

 

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Challenges of Retailing in India (A Short Note) (2010)

Using Enterprise Surveys data on 1,948 retails stores in India, this note highlights the key...

 

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Immigrants in the Informal Sector: Evidence from Africa (Short Note), Mimeograph (2010)

A survey of informal businesses in Burkina Faso, Cameroons and Cape Verde shows that roughly...

 

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Necessity vs. Opportunity Entrepreneurs in the Informal sector (Short Note), Mimeograph (2009)

Some informal businesses are started to take advantage of business opportunities (opportunity firms) while others...

 

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How different are service and manufacturing firms in the informal sector? (Short Note), Mimeograph (2009)

A comparison of service and manufacturing firms in the informal sector shows that service firms...

 

Popular Press

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Migration from Zambia: Ensuring Temporariness through Cooperation (with Aaditya Mattoo), Working Paper Series, World Bank (2009)

The paper analyzes migration from Zambia in order to understand how migration policy can support...

 

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Retailing in India: Assessing the Investment Climate, India Economy Review (2008)

An overview of the business climate for the retail sector in India is provided using...

 

Other Papers

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What Firms Know (2008)

A large literature shows that common law countries perform better than civil law countries along...

 

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Labor Regulation and Employment in India’s Retail Stores, forthcoming, Journal of Comparative Economics (2008)

A new dataset of 1,948 retail stores in India shows that 27% of the stores...