Christopher Woodruff
Research Fellow

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Woodruff Christopher Woodruff is Professor of Development Economics and a Fellow at Wolfson College.

He is the Scientific Coordinator for the DFID CEPR joint research venture on Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) and directs the Firm Capabilities group at the International Growth Centre. In addition to his position at Oxford, Professor Woodruff is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a Senior Fellow of the Bureau of Research on Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD), a Research Fellow at the Center for Competitive Advantage and the Global Economy (CAGE) and the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

His research focuses on enterprises in low-income countries, with noted work on returns to capital investments in microenterprises and the effect of formal registration on enterprise performance. He is a pioneer in the use of field experiments in firms. He currently holds an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for work measuring productivity in the readymade garment sector, with a particular focus on the challenges women face in moving into supervisory positions in the Bangladeshi garment sector.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2011.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
6896  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Business Training and Female Enterprise Start-Up, Growth, and Dynamics: Experimental Evidence from Sri Lanka
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2014, 106: 199-210)
6895  David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
What Are We Learning from Business Training and Entrepreneurship Evaluations around the Developing World?
(revised version published in: World Bank Research Observer, 2014, 29(1), 48-82)
6442  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
The Demand for, and Consequences of, Formalization among Informal Firms in Sri Lanka
(published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5 (2), 122-50)
3962  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Innovative Firms or Innovative Owners? Determinants of Innovation in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
3743  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Are Women More Credit Constrained? Experimental Evidence on Gender and Microenterprise Returns
(published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2009, 1(3), 1-32)
3511  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Who Are the Microenterprise Owners? Evidence from Sri Lanka on Tokman v. de Soto
(published in: Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar (eds.) International Differences in Entrepreneurship, NBER, 2010)
3488  Robert W. Fairlie
Christopher Woodruff
Mexican-American Entrepreneurship
2934  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Returns to Capital in Microenterprises: Evidence from a Field Experiment
(published in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008, 123 (4), 1329-1372)
2039  Robert W. Fairlie
Christopher Woodruff
Mexican Entrepreneurship: A Comparison of Self-Employment in Mexico and the United States
(published in: G. Borjas (ed.), Mexican Immigration in the United States, NBER-C, 2007, 123-158)
 

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