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Networks and Manufacturing Firms in Africa: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment

Marcel Fafchamps and Simon Quinn

No 2014-25, CSAE Working Paper Series from Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford

Abstract: We run a novel field experiment to link managers of African manufacturing firms. The experiment features exogenous link formation, exogenous seeding of information and exogenous assignment to treatment and placebo. We study the impact of the experiment on firm business practices outside of the lab. We find that the experiment successfully created new variation in social networks. We find some limited evidence of diffusion of management practices, particularly in terms of firm formalisation and innovation. Such diffusion appears to be a combination of diffusion of innovation and simple imitation

JEL-codes: D22 L26 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-bec, nep-cse, nep-dev, nep-exp, nep-ino, nep-knm, nep-net, nep-sbm, nep-tid and nep-ure
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