The broad objectives of theoretical and empirical research at the Economic Growth Center are to understand the process of economic development and growth as well as the associated changes in economic structure. In particular, an understanding of how policies affect that process is necessary for suggesting policies for promoting development. The research is founded on relevant economic theory (micro and macro) and econometric tools. Empirical studies rely on cross-sectional and intertemporal data on micro decision-making units, such as individuals and households, and aggregates, such as nations, interpreted within suitable economic, demographic, and social frameworks. An increasing share of the research involves the study of the behavior of persons, households, and firms, as revealed in sample surveys, and applies the tools of microeconomic theory and associated statistical tools. EGC Discussion Papers report the results of the research efforts of Center members.

EGC faculty, visiting research faculty associated with the EGC and Ph.D. students on the job market wishing to submit a paper to the series, should email the paper to Brooke Jones. Please be sure to complete a submission form and include JEL codes, keywords, and abstract.

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Papers from 2020

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Labor Market Dynamics and Development, Kevin Donovan, Will Jianyu Lu, and Todd Schoellman

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Creating a New Legal Form: The GmbH, Timothy W. Guinnane

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Is Fish Brain Food or Brain Poison? Sea Surface Temperature, Methyl-mercury and Child Cognitive Development, Mark R. Rosenzweig and Rafael J. Santos

Papers from 2018

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Can Network Theory-based Targeting Increase Technology Adoption?, Lori Beaman, Ariel BenYishay, Jeremy Magruder, and Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

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Enforcing Regulation Under Illicit Adaptation., Andres Gonzalez Lira and Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

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Capital Structure and the Choice of Enterprise Form: theory and history, Timothy Guinnane and Jakob Schneebacher

Papers from 2016

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Banking the Unbanked? Evidence from three countries, Pascaline Dupas, Dean Karlan, Jonathan Robinson, and Diego Ubfal

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Networks in Conflict: Theory and Evidence from the Great War of Africa, Michael D. König, Dominic Rohner, Mathias Thoenig, and Fabrizio Zilibotti

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External Validity in a Stochastic World, Mark Rosenzweig and Christopher Udry

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Insurgency and Small Wars: Estimation of Unobserved Coalition Structures, Francesco Trebbi and Eric Weese

Papers from 2013

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Continued Existence of Cows Disproves Central Tenets of Capitalism?, Santosh Anagol, Alvin Etang, and Dean Karlan

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Win Some Lose Some? Evidence from a Randomized Microcredit Program Placement Experiment by Compartamos Banco, Manuela Angelucci, Dean Karlan, and Jonathan Zinman

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The Caloric Costs of Culture: Evidence from Indian Migrants, David Atkin

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Probability of Fertilizer: Experimental Evidence from Female Rice Farmers in Mali, Lori Beaman, Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, and Christopher Udry

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Communicating with Farmers through Social Networks, Ariel Benyishay and A. Mushfiq Mobarak

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Problems of Sample-selection Bias in the Historical Heights Literature: A Theoretical and Econometric Analysis, Howard Bodenhorn, Timothy Guinnane, and Thomas A. Mroz

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Escaping Famine through Seasonal Migration, Gharad Bryan, Shyamal Chowdhury, and Ahmed Musfiq Mobarak

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A Two-Tiered Demographic System: "Insiders" and "Outsiders" in Three Swabian Communities, 1558-1914, Timothy Guinnane and Sheilagh Ogilvie

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Mixed Method Evaluation of a Passive mHealth Sexual Information Texting Service in Uganda, Julian Jamison, Dean Karlan, and Pia Raffler

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Agricultural Decisions after Relaxing Credit and Risk Constraints, Dean Karlan, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Robert Darko Osei, and Christopher Udry

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Follow the Money: Methods for Identifying Consumption and Investment Responses to a Liquidity Shock, Dean Karlan, Adam Osman, and Jonathan Zinman

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Savings By and For the Poor: A Research Review and Agenda, Dean Karlan, Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, and Jonathan Zinman

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Targeting Ultra-poor Households in Honduras and Peru, Dean Karlan and Bram Thuysbaert

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Long-Run Price Elasticities of Demand for Credit: Evidence from a Countrywide Field Experiment in Mexico, Dean Karlan and Jonathan Zinman

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Risk, Insurance and Wage in General Equilibrium, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak and Mark Rosenzweig

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Forecasting Profitability, Mark Rosenzweig and Chris Udry

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Political Mergers as Coalition Formation: An Analysis of the Heisei Municipal Amalgamations, Eric Weese

Papers from 2012

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The Impact of Consulting Services on Small and Medium Enterprises: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in Mexico, Miriam Bruhn, Dean Karlan, and Antoinette Schoar

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You Can Pick Your Friends, But You Need to Watch Them: Loan Screening and Enforcement in a Referrals Field Experiment, Gharad Bryan, Jonathan Zinman, and Dean Karlan

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Looking Beyond the Incumbent: The Effects of Exposing Corruption on Electoral Outcomes, Alberto Chong, Ana L. De La O., Dean Karlan, and Leonard Wantchekon

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For Every Law a Loophole: Flexibility in the Menu of Spanish Business Forms, 1886-1936., Timothy Guinnane and Susana Martinez-Rodriguez

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Incentives That Saved Lives: Government Regulation of Accident Insurance Associations in Germany, 1884-1914., Timothy Guinnane and Jochen Streb

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Hoping to Win, Expected to Lose: Theory and Lessons on Micro Enterprise Development, Dean Karlan, Ryan Knight, and Christopher Udry

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A Personal Touch: Text Messaging for Loan Repayment, Dean Karlan, Melanie Morten, and Jonathan Zinman

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Wages and Informality in Developing Countries, Costas Meghir, Renata Narita, and Jean-Marc Robin

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Selling Formal Insurance to the Informally Insured, A. Mushfiq Mobarak and Mark R. Rosenzweig

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Another Look at Foreign Aid, Gustav Ranis

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Labor Surplus Revisited, Gustav Ranis

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Vertical and Horizontal Decentralization and Ethnic Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa, Gustav Ranis

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Economic Growth, Comparative Advantage, and Gender Differences in Schooling Outcomes: Evidence from the Birthweight Differences of Chinese Twins, Mark Rosenzweig and Junsen Zhang