Finance and Development


Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Finance and Development. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.

Childcare for Childhood and Business Development

Professor Lore Vandewalle, Kjetil Bjorvatn and Vincent Somville (NHH Norwegian School of Economics), Wameq Raza (BRAC in Uganda), and Selim Gulesci (Bocconi University), funded by NORGLOBAL-2 through the Research Council of Norway. January 2018–December 2021.
This project focuses on childcare in Uganda to free up time for mothers to have their own businesses. Its key research questions are: Can supporting pre-school education improve (i) educational outcomes for the children and (ii) business development for the mothers?
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Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Resource-rich Developing Countries: Improving Natural Resource Governance to Finance the SDGs

Professor Gilles Carbonnier, Fritz Brugger, Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi, Fred Dzanku and Sthabandith Insisienmay, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within their joint Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Programme). 1 September 2017–31 August 2023.
This project, conducted in the framework of a North-South research partnership, seeks to improve our collective knowledge and understanding of commodity trade-related illicit financial flows, and to design and promote ways to effectively address this under-researched phenomenon both from a scientific and policy perspective.
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Financial Globalization and Real Reallocation in the Market for Corporate Control

Associate Professor Rahul Mukherjee, with Christian Proebsting (EPFL), funded by SNSF. June 2017–May 2020.
This  project aims to get a precise quantification of the welfare effects of globalisation by analysing the interaction of two key elements – technology and financing – in the market for domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
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Fintech at Alibaba: What Automated Firm Credit Reveals about the Inefficiency of Chinese Banking?

Professor Harald Hau (UNIGE) and Assistant Professor Yi Huang. A collaboration between the Graduate Institute and SFI Geneva, funded by SNSF. September 2017–August 2020.

The Impact of Compulsory School Laws in a Developing Country Context: Examining Impacts and Explanations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Timothy Swanson and Professor Martina Viarengo, funded by SNSF. July 2018–June 2022.
This project focuses on how compulsory schooling laws (CSLs) impact upon the social welfare (especially in regard to the choices made by women) and upon decision making within the household (especially the division of labour and the division of tasks between different members of the household).
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