IGL database (beta)

Year Title Short summary Country Author
2018 Science Is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence From a Randomized Control Trial

“I sometimes think that general and popular treatises are almost as important for the progress of science as original work.” - Charles Darwin, 1865.

As the largest encyclopedia in the world, it is not surprising that Wikipedia reflects the state of scientific knowledge. However, Wikipedia is also one of the most accessed websites in the world, including by scientists, which suggests that it also has the potential to shape science. This paper shows that it does.

US Neil Thompson, Douglas Hanley
2016 Performance Responses to Competition across Skill-Levels in Rank Order Tournaments: Field Evidence and Implications for Tournament Design

In the context of online developer tournaments this study found that added rivalry is likely to induce higher performance given that failing to exert effort will reduce the likelihood of winning a prize. Tournament organizers can leverage contest size, dividing competitors by ability, and opening entry to all, as policy tools to manipulate the performance of competitors, particularly when changes allow the reallocation of prize money.

United States Boudreau, K., Lakhani, K., Menietti, M.
2015 Innovation Vouchers

A voucher programme for SMEs in Denmark. Results forthcoming.

Denmark Schneider, C.
2015 Returns to Consulting for SMEs

A business skills training intervention for SME owners and managers in metro Manila, the Philippines. Results forthcoming.

Philippines Fischer, G., Karlan, D.
2015 Attracting Early Stage Investors: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

By randomising the information sent to potential investors on AngelList over e-mail, this experiment finds evidence that the founding team of a startup has strong influence over the investor's decision to invest.

United States Bernstein, S., Korteweg, A., Laws, K.
2015 High Incentives, Sorting on Skills -- Or just a Taste for Competition? Field Experimental Evidence from an Algorithm Design Contest

Workers who sort into institutional settings they prefer may work twice (or many more times) as hard in these preferred settings. This productivity effect is especially important in institutional settings where a taste for competition is strongest.

United States Boudreau, K., Lakhani, K.
2015 The Impact of Enhanced Business Training for High-Potential Entrepreneurs in Colombia

This experiment in Colombia will test the impact of a business training programme. Results forthcoming.

Colombia Schoar, A.
2015 Behind the GATE Experiment: Evidence on Effects of and Rationales for Subsidized Enterpreneurship Training

Is the GATE Programme/Entrepreneurship training a valid response to various forms of market failure (allocative inefficiency in credit, labour, insurance and human capital markets)? Can such a programme have an effect on business sales, earnings or employees?

United States Fairlie, R.W., Karlan, D., Zinman, J.
2015 The Impact of Credit-scoring on SME Lending and Performance in the Philippines

A loan programme for SMEs in the Philippines. Results forthcoming.

Philippines Byran, G., Jakiela, P., Karlan, D.
2015 Training and Consulting Services for Managers: Experimental Evidence from Bangladeshi Garment Production Lines

Evaluation of a training and consulting program for managerial staff in Bangladeshi garment factories to understand how new management practices are adopted and implemented and what determines their success.

Bangladesh Macchiavello, R., Woodruff, C.., Akerlof, R.
2015 "Open" Disclosure of Innovations, Incentives and Follow-on Reuse: Theory on Processes of Cumulative Innovation and a Field Experiment in Computational Biology

In the context of an online software development tournament, intermediate disclosure policy increased information and signaling in
the innovation environment. Final disclosure promoted higher levels of entry and effort and independent experimentation; while it generated a diversity of approaches, this led to considerable effort devoted to suboptimal approaches and overall performance achieved.

Boudreau, K., Lakhani, K.
2015 Employee Recognition and Performance: A Field Experiment

In the context of a basic, short-term data entry job, unannounced provision of public recognition to employees yielded an economically significant increase in performance. Results suggest that recognition works best when it is provided exclusively, but not too exclusively. The performance increases in exclusive recognition are mainly driven by strong positive responses of non-recipients, which is most likely due to conformity preferences.

Germany Bradler, C., Dur, R., Neckermann, S., and Non, A.
2015 Testing a 3rd Party Contract Enforcement Solution in a Peruvian Textile Cluster

An online platform for contract enforcement in the Peruvian textile sector. Results forthcoming.

Peru Bird, M.
2015 Groupements de Createurs: Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship in France

Youth entrepreneurship training programme in France. Results forthcoming.

France Algan, Y., Ceci-Renaud, N., Crépon, B., Huillery, E., Parienté, W.
2015 The Role of Hard and Soft Skills in Entrepreneurial Success: Experimental Evidence from Uganda

Evaluating a specific training program for youth in Uganda, recently graduated from secondary shool, aimed at identifying the differential importance of "hard" and "soft" skills. Results forthcoming.

Uganda Fiala, N., Carney, D., Gertler, P.
2015 The Impact of Secured Transactions Reform on Access to Capital for Small and Medium Enterprises in Colombia

In the context of SME's in Colombia, researchers are evaluating the impact on firm performance of a legal reform which will provide a framework for the use and enforcement of movable collateral. Results forthcoming.

Colombia Schoar, A., Eslava, M.
2015 Friends at Work: Can Peer Support Stimulate Female Entrepreneurship?

Women may face more constraints than men to becoming entrepreneurs, but are not poor entrepreneurs. A potentially important factor limiting financial inclusion efforts is inadequate peer support among many women who have potential as entrepreneurs.

India Field, E., Jayachandran, S., Pande, R., Rigol, N.
2015 Upgrading Management Technology in Colombia

Examines the differential impacts of group management consulting versus individualised management consulting on firm performace in Colombia, and whether management practices are partially responsible for the gap in firm productivity in developing countries. Results forthcoming.

Colombia McKenzie, D., Maloney, W., Iacovone, L.
2015 Relative Pay Comparisons in the Workplace: Field Evidence on Effort and Labor Supply

Effects of relative pay on effort and labour supply are being examined in the context of an Indian manufacturing plant where co-workers' wages are exogenously varied. Results forthcoming.

India Shamdasani Y., Kaur S., Breza, E.
2015 Unpacking the Determinants of Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment for Women

A 5-day enterprise training programme for women in Kenya. Results forthcoming.

Kenya McKenzie, D., Paruzzolo, S.
2015 Impact Evaluation of the Entreprenant Status in Cotonou

Examines a program in Benin that drastically reduces costs to formalize a business, while also offering tax mediation and training. Results forthcoming.

Benin McKenzie, D., Pouliquen, V., Benhassine, N., Santini, M.
2015 Is Microcredit a Blessing for the Poor? A Meta-analysis Examining Development Outcomes and Contextual Considerations

In this meta-analysis what particularly stands out is the effect of microcredit on female empowerment. With respect to entrepreneurship and economic development outcomes, microcredit appears to have the most value in deprived contexts, but overall, results are highly dependent on context.

Chliova, M, Brinckmanna, J., Rosenbusch, N.
2015 Social Networks and Productivity Spill-Over within Firms

Examines the effectiveness of a specific management production routine relying on knowledge transfer of managers in a Bangladeshi garment factory. Results forthcoming.

Bangladesh Menzel, A.
2015 Innovation Experiments: Researching Technical Advance, Knowledge Production and the Design of Supporting Institutions

Field experiments have the potential to provide unambiguous causal evidence on innovation topics while simultaneously assisting organisations with their innovation.

United States Boudreau, K., Lakhani, K.
2015 Growth Vouchers

A government-led voucher scheme to help SMEs access expert advice on business growth. Results forthcoming.

United Kingdom Sanders, M.
2015 Does Working from Home Work: Evidence from a Chinese Experiment

An intervention that allowed randomly selected employees in a Chinese travel agency call centre to work from home appeared to have significant positive effects on worker performance.

China Bloom, N., Liang, J., Roberts, J., Ying, Z.J.
2015 Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance in China

A business networking programme on firm performance in China, and how groups composition and meeting frequency can facilitate trust and information flows. Results forthcoming.

China Cai, J., Szeidl, A
2015 Growing Small and Medium Enterprises by Encouraging Exports: Evidence from Argentina

Evaluation comparing the impact of a managerial consulting program with training on export business models in Córdoba, Argentina. Results forthcoming.

Argentina Castro, L., Hallak, J.
2015 Evaluating the Effects of Entrepreneurship Edutainment in Egypt

An encouragement design experiment involving an entrepreneurship reality tv programme and website with business training materials. Results forthcoming.

Egypt Barsoum, G., Crépon, B., Dyer, P., Gardiner, D., Michel, B., Moaz, M., Parienté, W.
2015 CréaJeunes - Small Business Training

Creajeunes offers support to young people from poorer neighbourhoods to get them involved in entrepreneurship. Results forthcoming.

France Duflo, E., Crepon, B., Huillery, E., Pariente, W.