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Larry Chavis


Larry Chavis researches how weak institutions in developing countries pose challenges for new business formation. 


He is studying how organizational design affects the delivery of development aid to rural communities and small-scale entrepreneurs in Indonesia.  Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2005 summarized his research on the effect of social networks on firm bribe payments in transition economies.


Dr. Chavis’ broad interest in social issues affecting firms is reflected in research on the effect of the Iraq war on French wine sales in the United States with Phillip Leslie of Stanford University.  Their research demonstrates that firms should be concerned about grassroots level boycotts and how they are perceived in the market place. Their findings were reported by many news outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.


As a member of the Lumbee Tribe and a North Carolina native, Dr. Chavis has a strong academic and personal interest in issues facing North Carolina.  Future projects include work on minority entrepreneurship, North Carolina’s changing demographics and rural economic development.


Dr. Chavis received his PhD in economics from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in applied economics and management and an MA in Asian studies from Cornell University, and a BA in anthropology from Duke University. 



Contact Information


Address: CB 3490
Chapel Hill, NC 
Office: McColl 4418
Phone: 919-962-8215


 Curriculum Vitae

Chavis CV September 2009.pdfChavis CV September 2009


Expand/Collapse Category : Published and Accepted ‎(3)
Decentralizing Development  Allocating Public Goods via Competition.pdf
Examines the impact of competition between local communities for funding on the quality of road projects submitted by those communities. 
Journal of Development Economics, November 2010.
Consumer boycotts The impact of the Iraq war on French wine sales in the US.pdf
Joint work with Phillip Leslie that examines the impact of the French opposition to the US war in Iraq on French wine sales in the US.
Quantitative Marketing and Economics, 7(1), 37-67
The original publication is available at
Access to Bank Financing and New Investment.pdf
Joint with Leora Klapper and Inessa Love.  Compares access to financing across a sample of EU and non-EU countries.  Prepared for The Economics of Small Businesses. An International Perspective. Edited by Giorgio Calcagnini and Ilario Favaretto. Springer.
Expand/Collapse Category : Working Papers ‎(3)
Institutions, External Financing, and Growth around the World.pdf
Joint paper with Gregory Brown and Leora Klapper that looks at the effect of leasing on firm growth particularly in countries with weak rule of law.
Bribery and Social Networks.pdf
This paper measure the impact of an entrepreneur's social networks on their payment of bribes to government officials.
The Impact of the Business Enviroment on Young Firm Financing.pdf
Joint paper with Leora Klapper and Inessa Love that explores the impact of the country level business enviroment on access to financing for new firms.

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