ONGOING PROJECTS INVOLVING FIELDWORK
Two field experiments about the working conditions and incentives of female loan officers in Microfinance Group lending in BRAC Uganda. The project is joint with researchers Dr. Erika Deserranno (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University) and Ms. Lame Ungwang (PhD Candidate at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena) and carried out in partnership with BRAC Uganda Microfinance. Within the framework of BRAC's lending program, which serves more than 200,000 female borrowers in Uganda, we implemented changes in the bonus structure of loan officers, as well as in the rotation of loan officers between groups of borrowers. The experiments were initiated in 2018 and field presence is needed throughout 2019 as data on staff and borrowers is collected in several periods during the year.
One project about Microfinance for Bedouin women in the Negev desert. The project is joint with my colleague Dr. Suleiman Abu-Bader and in collaboration with the NGO Keren Koret and their project "Sawa". The project uses administrative data from the NGO about loans and borrowers, combined with population data, to study the selection into borrowing and the impact of access to loans on socio-economic variables. Some data is digitalized while some needs to be collected from field offices.