David McKenzie
August 17, 2009

The World Bank's Private Sector Development blog discusses the findings of a new study on the informal sector in Bolivia by IPA Research Affiliate David McKenzie:

"Do Marginal Firms in Bolivia Benefit from Formalizing?"

"David McKenzie and Yaye Seynabou Sakho have written a great piece explaining both why some firms choose not to formalize and what the benefits of formalization might be. You can read a short version here and a longer version here. The authors find that Bolivian firms that are located close to a tax office are more likely to formalize. This finding is further...

Dean Karlan, Christopher Udry, Miriam Bruhn, Antoinette Schoar
April 13, 2009

This seems to be our week to blog about Bill Easterly's blog.  Although in this one, we aren't going to agree as much.  I was really excited to see his report about Women's Trust until I got to the final paragraph:

"This kind of aid project is based on a lot of personal, face to face interaction, developing trust and a shared vision, so it is small scale, it has to let things proceed at their own pace, it can’t meet rigid pre-set output targets, it could never be judged by a rigorous “randomized controlled trial” methodology. In short,...

Media Coverage
August 02, 2006

The group lending model of microfinance in India can do with less stringency, according to Dean Karlan. Flexibility towards individual lending should be explored.

Related Projects:
Impact of Group versus Individual Liability in the Philippines
Business Education for Microcredit Clients in Peru
Interest Rates and Consumer Credit in South Africa

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