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Shortening Supply Chains : Experimental Evidence from Fruit and Vegetable Vendors in Bogota (English)

Small trading activities are a prevalent form of self-employment in developing countries, but their integration into supply value chains is not efficient, especially when it comes to perishable produce. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8977 AUG 12, 2019

Iacovone,Leonardo; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Shortening Supply Chains for Fruit and Vegetable Vendors in Bogota (English)

The latest note examines the impact of a social enterprise's attempts to shorten the supply chain between farmers and small retail stores in Bogota, an idea that was one of the winners of the SME ideas competition. ... See More +

Brief 140547 AUG 01, 2019

Iacovone,Leonardo; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Improving Management in Colombian Firms Through Individual and Group Consulting (English)

The latest note tests two different approaches to improving management, and finds a novel group-based approach to be more cost-effective than the standard approach of providing consulting to individual firms. ... See More +

Brief 137571 JUN 01, 2019

Iacovone,Leonardo; Maloney,William F.; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Improving Management with Individual and Group-Based Consulting : Results from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia (English)

Differences in management quality are an important contributor to productivity differences across countries. A key question is how to best improve poor management in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8854 MAY 15, 2019

Iacovone,Leonardo; Maloney,William F.; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Mexico - Gender Assessment (English)

Gender equality is a key pathway to ensuring lasting poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Identifying the main gender gaps that a country faces, across different domains, better informs policy design. ... See More +

Working Paper 136536 APR 30, 2019

Cadena,Kiyomi E.; Tavares,Paula Magarinos Torres; Anderson,Mary Alice; Inchauste Comboni,Maria Gabriela; Moreno Herrera,Laura Liliana; Santillán, Alma; Iacovone,Leonardo; Arceo-Gómez, Eva; Reteguis, Nayda Almodóvar; Ríos Cázares, Alejandra; Saucedo Carranza,Cecilia Belem Spanish Disclosed

Mexico - Gender Assessment (Spanish)

Gender equality is a key pathway to ensuring lasting poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Identifying the main gender gaps that a country faces, across different domains, better informs policy design. ... See More +

Working Paper 136536 APR 30, 2019

Inchauste Comboni,Maria Gabriela; Tavares,Paula Magarinos Torres; Almodovar Reteguis,Nayda; Cruz Moreno,Laura Camila; Arceo Gomez,Eva Olimpia; Cazares,Alejandra Ríos; Santillan,Alma; Cadena,Kiyomi E.; Matsatsinyana,Mating; Iacovone,Leonardo; Saucedo Carranza,Cecilia Belem English Disclosed

Family Firms and Contractual Institutions (English)

This paper offers new evidence on the relationship between contractual institutions, family management, and aggregate performance. The study creates a new firm-level database on management and ownership structures spanning 134 regions in 11 European countries. ... See More +

WPS8803 APR 03, 2019

Iacovone,Leonardo; Maloney,William F.; Tsivanidis,Nick Disclosed

Improving Management with Individual and Group-Based Consulting : Results from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia (English)

Differences in management quality are an important contributor to productivity differences across countries. A key question is then how to best improve poor management in developing countries. ... See More +

Deliverable Document 133230 OCT 22, 2018

Iacovone,Leonardo; Mckenzie,David J.; Maloney,William F. Disclosed

ICT adoption and wage inequality : evidence from Mexican firms (English)

This paper uses a panel of firms from the Mexican Economic Censuses and analyzes at the microeconomic level how labor markets adapt to the adoption of information and communication technologies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8298 JAN 09, 2018

Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Iacovone,Leonardo Disclosed

Micro-level analysis of Mexican retail markets and their response to changes in market structure and competition policies (English)

This paper develops the following price indicators to measure the relative efficiency (functioning) of markets: (a) price dispersion, (b) price volatility, and (c) price transmission (speed, completeness, and symmetry). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8294 JAN 08, 2018

Sanchez Bayardo,Luis Fernando; Gonzalez,Alvaro S.; Iacovone,Leonardo Disclosed

Teaching personal initiative beats traditional training in boosting small business in West Africa (English)

Standard business training programs aim to boost the incomes of the millions of self-employed business owners in developing countries by teaching basic financial and marketing practices, yet the impacts of such programs are mixed. ... See More +

Journal Article 121461 SEP 22, 2017

Mckenzie,David J.; Frese,Michael Dr.; Iacovone,Leonardo; Johnson,Hillary C.; Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Goldstein,Markus P.; Mensmann,Mona Disclosed

Teaching personal initiative beats traditional training in boosting small business in West Africa (English)

Standard business training programs aim to boost the incomes of the millions of self-employed business owners in developing countries by teaching basic financial and marketing practices, yet the impacts of such programs are mixed. ... See More +

Working Paper 119938 SEP 01, 2017

Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Frese,Michael Dr.; Goldstein,Markus P.; Iacovone,Leonardo; Johnson,Hillary C.; Mckenzie,David J.; Mensmann, Mona Disclosed

Personal initiative training leads to remarkable growth of women- owned small businesses in Togo (English)

Standard business training programs aim to boost the incomes of the millions of self-employed business owners in developing countries, by teaching accounting, marketing and other basic business skills. ... See More +

Brief 122826 JAN 01, 2017

Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Frese,Michael Dr.; Goldstein,Markus P.; Iacovone,Leonardo; Johnson,David Frank; Mensmann,Mona French Disclosed

ICT Use, Competitive Pressures, and Firm Performance in Mexico (English)

In this paper the authors present a set of stylized facts regarding the relation between information and communication technologies (ICT) use, firm performance, and competition. ... See More +

Journal Article 140518 APR 21, 2016

Iacovone,Leonardo; Pereira-Lo´ pez,Mariana; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Organizing knowledge to compete : impacts of capacity building programs on firm organization (English)

A growing literature aiming at explaining differences across firms in productivity and access to global export markets has focused on the internal organization of firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7640 APR 14, 2016

Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose; Bussolo,Maurizio; Iacovone,Leonardo Disclosed

Opportunity versus necessity : understanding the heterogeneity of female micro-entrepreneurs (English)

Entrepreneurs that voluntarily choose to start a business because they are able to identify a good business opportunity and act on it -- opportunity entrepreneurs -- might be different along various dimensions from those who are forced to become entrepreneurs because of lack of other alternatives -- necessity entrepreneurs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7636 APR 13, 2016

Montenegro Calderon,Gabriela; Iacovone,Leonardo; Juarez,Laura Disclosed

Competition makes IT better : evidence on when firms use it more effectively (English)

This paper uses a unique firm-level data set for Mexico, with information never used for research before, to assess how use of information technology (IT henceforth) influences firm performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7638 APR 13, 2016

Iacovone,Leonardo; Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

ICT use, competitive pressures and firm performance in Mexico (English)

This paper presents a set of stylized facts on the relation between information and communications technology (ICT) use, firm performance, and competition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7629 APR 11, 2016

Iacovone,Leonardo; Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Opportunity versus Necessity : Understanding the Heterogeneity of Female Micro-Entrepreneurs (English)

Entrepreneurs that voluntarily choose to start a business because they are able to identify a good business opportunity and act on it opportunity entrepreneurs might be different along various dimensions from those who are forced to become entrepreneurs because of lack of other alternatives necessity entrepreneurs. ... See More +

Journal Article 140516 APR 01, 2016

Montenegro Calderon,Gabriela; Iacovone,Leonardo; Juarez,Laura Disclosed

Regional productivity convergence in Peru (English)

This paper examines whether labor productivity converged across Peru’s regions (“departments”) during 2002-12. Given the large differences in labor productivity across the regions of Peru, such convergence has the potential to raise aggregate productivity and incomes, and also reduce regional inequalities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7499 NOV 17, 2015

Iacovone,Leonardo; Sanchez Bayardo,Luis Fernando; Sharma,Siddharth Disclosed

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Shortening Supply Chains : Experimental Evidence from Fruit and Vegetable Vendors in Bogota (English)
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AUG 12, 2019 WPS8977 Policy Research Working Paper
Shortening Supply Chains for Fruit and Vegetable Vendors in Bogota (English)
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AUG 01, 2019 140547 Brief
Improving Management in Colombian Firms Through Individual and Group Consulting (English)
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JUN 01, 2019 137571 Brief
Improving Management with Individual and Group-Based Consulting : Results from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia (English)
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MAY 15, 2019 WPS8854 Policy Research Working Paper
Mexico - Gender Assessment (English)
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APR 30, 2019 136536 Working Paper Spanish
Mexico - Gender Assessment (Spanish)
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APR 30, 2019 136536 Working Paper English
Family Firms and Contractual Institutions (English)
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APR 03, 2019 WPS8803
Improving Management with Individual and Group-Based Consulting : Results from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia (English)
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OCT 22, 2018 133230 Deliverable Document
ICT adoption and wage inequality : evidence from Mexican firms (English)
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JAN 09, 2018 WPS8298 Policy Research Working Paper
Micro-level analysis of Mexican retail markets and their response to changes in market structure and competition policies (English)
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JAN 08, 2018 WPS8294 Policy Research Working Paper
Teaching personal initiative beats traditional training in boosting small business in West Africa (English)
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SEP 22, 2017 121461 Journal Article
Teaching personal initiative beats traditional training in boosting small business in West Africa (English)
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SEP 01, 2017 119938 Working Paper
Personal initiative training leads to remarkable growth of women- owned small businesses in Togo (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 122826 Brief French
ICT Use, Competitive Pressures, and Firm Performance in Mexico (English)
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APR 21, 2016 140518 Journal Article
Organizing knowledge to compete : impacts of capacity building programs on firm organization (English)
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APR 14, 2016 WPS7640 Policy Research Working Paper
Opportunity versus necessity : understanding the heterogeneity of female micro-entrepreneurs (English)
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APR 13, 2016 WPS7636 Policy Research Working Paper
Competition makes IT better : evidence on when firms use it more effectively (English)
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APR 13, 2016 WPS7638 Policy Research Working Paper
ICT use, competitive pressures and firm performance in Mexico (English)
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APR 11, 2016 WPS7629 Policy Research Working Paper
Opportunity versus Necessity : Understanding the Heterogeneity of Female Micro-Entrepreneurs (English)
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APR 01, 2016 140516 Journal Article
Regional productivity convergence in Peru (English)
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NOV 17, 2015 WPS7499 Policy Research Working Paper