Sixteen project teams selected for second round of PAGE II support

August 2018 | 62 developing country researchers will benefit from PEP support under the second round of the PAGE II initiative.

Sixteen projects, in 15 countries, are currently being supported under the second round of the PAGE II initiative (full list below). PEP selected the new grant recipients from 116 applications received in response to a series of calls for proposals that were launched in 2017. The selection was made following the presentation of the shortlisted proposals during 2018 PEP Annual Conference in Bangalore, India. During the conference the researchers also attended three and a half days of technical training specific to their research methods and more general training on policy engagement and scientific writing.

The 16 projects include:

  • Six projects in low-income economies and/or fragile or conflict-affected situations (LIE/FC)
  • Nine projects in Africa, four in Latin America, and three in Asia
  • Five projects led by female team leaders 

These projects involve a total of 62 researchers, of whom:

  • 35 are women
  • 23 are in low-income economies and/or fragile or conflict-affected situations

From the effects of conflict to the impact of child care, from mobile money for financial inclusion to migration and remittances, the projects selected investigate various aspects of the five PAGE II priority themes.

In the table below, the projects are grouped according to the analytical approach (or research method applied). Follow the code links in the left hand column to view the project description and related (future) publications.

Project code  Project title Country
Microeconomic analysis
PMMA-20280 ‘Work-study’, internship and educational mismatch among youths: Evidence from Zambia Zambia
PMMA-20279 Access to child care and mothers’ employment quality: lessons from Chile Chile
PMMA-20272 Understanding youth entrepreneurship in Benin: the role of microcredit uptake and entrepreneur capacity building Benin*
PMMA-20257 Civil conflict and labour market outcomes in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone**
PMMA-20210 Can urbanization improve household welfare and provide inclusive opportunities?
The case of urban expansion in Ethiopia
PMMA-20209 Migration, remittances and child schooling in rural Cambodia Cambodia
PMMA-20201 Gender and age diversity to forster innovation and productivity growth  Brazil
PMMA-20167 Employment vulnerability, earnings And subjective well-being in Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
PMMA-20166 Do out-migration and remittances induce shifts to non-farm entrepreneurship among the left-behind?
Evidence from Nepal
*Low-income economies  **Low-income econmies and fragile or conflict-affected situations  
Macro-micro policy modelling 
MPIA-20290 Post-conflict and rural income in Colombia Colombia
MPIA-20261 Assessment of the welfare, employment and gender impacts of policy options for renewable energy financing in Nigeria  Nigeria
MPIA-20260 Exchange rate policy in a dollarized economy: Implications on growth and employment in Bolivia Bolivia
MPIA-20242 Can a wage subsidy be used to improve women’s formal employment in Zambia? Zambia
MPIA-20234 Identifying key policy options for growth and gainful employment in Ghana Ghana
Experimental research
PIERI-20281 Can mobile money induce entrepreneurial and financial behaviors of members of village savings and loan associations in rural southern Malawi? Malawi*
PIERI-20165 Can discounted withdrawal fees catalyze mobile money usage? Field experimental evidence from Gambia Gambia**
*Low-income economies  **Low-income econmies and fragile or conflict-affected situations  



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