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Christopher Woodruff

Professor Christopher M. Woodruff

Professor of Economics


I am a research fellow/associate of CEPR, NBER, CAGE, BREAD and IZA, and Scientific Coordinator of the Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) program

Research Interests

Economic Development; Microenterprises; firms and inter-firm relationships.

My Google Scholar profile.

Recent Publications

Recent working papers:

Business Practices in Small Firms in Developing Countries (w/ David McKenzie) [LINKS to Vox EU summary and World Bank Blog about this.]

What Are the Headwaters of Formal Savings? Experimental Evidence from Sri Lanka (w/ Michael Callen, Suresh de Mel and Craig McIntosh)

Identifying Gazelles: Expert Panels vs. Surveys as a Means to Identify Firms with Rapid Growth Potential (w/ Marcel Fafchamps)

Recent Publications:

What are we learning from business training and entrepreneurship evaluations around the developing world? (w/ David McKenzie), World Bank Research Observer, July 2013.

Business Training and Female Enterprise Start-up, Growth, and Dynamics: Experimental evidence from Sri Lanka, Journal of Development Economics, January 2014. (w/ Suresh de Mel and David Mckenzie)

Microenterprise Growth and the Flypaper Effect: Evidence from a randomized experiment in Ghana (w/ Marcel Fafchamps, David McKenzie and Simon Quinn), Journal of Development Economics, January 2014.

The demand for, and consequences of, formalization among informal firms in Sri Lanka (w/ Suresh de Mel and David Mckenzie). AEJ: Applied Economics, 5(2), pp. 122-150, April 2013.

Enterprise Recovery following Natural Disasters, Economic Journal, March 2012, Vol. 122(559), pp. 64-91. (w/ Suresh de Mel and David Mckenzie)

One time Transfers of Cash and Capital Have Long-Lasting Effects on Microenterprises in Sri Lanka (w/ Suresh de Mel and David McKenzie). Science, 24 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6071 pp. 962-966.

Getting Credit to High Return Microentrepreneurs: The Results of an Information Intervention (w/ Suresh de Mel and David McKenzie). World Bank Economic Review, 2011, Vol. 25(2), pp. 456-485.

Remittances and Banking Sector Breadth and Depth: Evidence from Mexico ( w/ Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Ernesto López Córdova, and María Soledad Martinez Pería, Journal of Development Economics, July 2011, Vol. 95(2), pp. 229-241.

"Wage Subsidies in Microenterprises" (w/ Suresh de Mel and David Mckenzie, Final draft version: AER Papers and Procedings, May 2010)

"Are Women more credit Constrained? Experimental Evidence on Gender and Microenterprise Returns", (w/ Suresh de Mel and David McKenzie), AEJ-Applied Economics, July 2009, Vol 1(3), pp. 1-32.

Measuring Microenterprise Profits: Must we ask how the sausage is made?,” (w/ Suresh de Mel and David McKenzie), Journal of Development Economics, January, 2009, Vol 88, No. 1, pp. 19-31.

"Returns to Capital in Microenterprises: Evidence from a Field Experiment” (w/ Suresh de Mel and David McKenzie), Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2008, Vol 123(4), pp. 1329-1372.

The Quality of the Legal System, Firm Ownership, and Firm Size,” (w/ Luc Laeven), Review of Economics and Statistics, November 2007, Vol. 89(4), pp. 601-614.

Contact details

Telephone: +44(0) 24 7615 1096

Fax: +44(0) 2476 523032

Email: c dot woodruff at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: S1.119

Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 and by appointment.

Other information


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