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E&BSS: Corruption and management practices. Firm-level evidence - Daphne Athanasouli (UCL SSEES)

We argue that corruption can decrease aggregate productivity by deteriorating firm management practices.  More...

Starts: Mar 18, 2014 5:00:00 PM

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E&BSS: The urban-rural divide in educational outcome: Evidence from Russia - Chiara Amini (London Metropolitan University, UK)

This paper analyses the differences in educational achievement between urban and rural Russian secondary school students using data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys. More...

Starts: Feb 11, 2014 5:30:00 PM

E&BSS: Microfinance, poverty and education - Ralph De Haas (EBRD, London)

Publication date: Oct 11, 2013 11:49:09 AM

Start: Oct 15, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Location: Room 347, SSEES, 16 Taviton Street

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The impact of microcredit on poverty reduction, child and teenage labour supply, and education is analysed. The study population consists of loan applicants to a major MFI in Bosnia and Herzegovina who would have been rejected through regular screening. A key new finding is a substantial increase in the labour supply of children aged 16-19 together with a reduction in their school attendance, raising important questions about the unintended intergenerational consequences of relaxing liquidity constraints for self-employment and business expansion.

Ralph De Haas is a Deputy Director of Research at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to joining the EBRD, Ralph worked at the Banking Supervision and Monetary Policy Departments of the Dutch central bank and is currently a part-time Associate Professor of Finance at Tilburg University. His main research interests include international banking and financial integration, development economics, and small-business finance. He is currently working on large-scale randomized field experiments to measure the impact of microfinance on poverty alleviation in Bosnia, Mongolia, and Morocco. His recent applications include papers in American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, Economic Policy and others.

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