PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Economics Graduate Student and PSTC Trainee Morgan Hardy and her graduate student co-author, Jamie McCasland (Berkeley) were awarded the Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) Exploratory Research Grant for their project Microentrepreneurship in Ghana: Measuring the productivity effects of labor inputs, customary social networks, and trade association membership.
PEDL Exploratory Grants are research grants of between £10,000 and £35,000 that are designed to allow researchers to: 1) explore new approaches to the study of firms in low-income-countries (LICs); 2) and to develop new (or build on) existing sources of data on firms in LICs.
This funded project will finance a high-frequency data collection effort among a sample of microentrepreneurs, many of whom are already enrolled to participate in a national-scale government-funded apprenticeship training program. Using the randomized controlled trial methodology, the study seeks to understand how rival and non-rival information travel through customary social networks among microentrepreneurs, the social and private benefits (or costs) of craft-level trade associations and how those vary with market competitiveness, and the heterogeneous productivity effects of apprenticeship labor. This research program is built into a larger study of private labor market returns to training evaluation, on which Morgan is also a coauthor, leveraging the data and contextual knowledge from that project.