Articles by Ariela Alpert and Sarah Craig
Export, Learn … Profit: A new randomized evaluation reveals emerging market businesses that export have the advantage
Export promotion programs work under the assumption that the experience of exporting helps firms learn new skills and techniques and thereby become more productive. However, until now, no research determined whether exporting actually causes businesses to improve. Innovations for Poverty Action helped conduct the first randomized controlled trial investigating whether firms actually learn through exporting.
Why Don’t Small and Medium Businesses Grow?: Innovations for Poverty Action Working Group tackles the question from several angles
SMEs are thought to be the backbone of many economies, leading governments and aid agencies to spend billions of dollars on SME assistance each year. However, little evidence exists on the actual barriers to growth and the most effective solutions to alleviate these constraints. IPA’s SME Initiative is working to address this knowledge gap, and they describe the findings of several studies in this post.