Supply Chain Innovations and Firm Productivity Complementarities: Evidence from the Health Sector in Rwanda

Principal Investigator

Robert Fletcher
Economics Department, Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences


Stanford Graduate School of Business
Research Locations Rwanda
Award Date March 2017
Award Type PhD I-Award


How is firm productivity impacted by increased access to supplies and inputs? In particular, can supply chain innovations stimulate improvements in firm management, human capital, and overall productivity? We study this question through a new initiative recently launched in Rwanda: medical supply delivery by drones. Rwanda has partnered with the US company Zipline to capitalize on drone technology that increases the speed of delivery of medical supplies to hospitals and health centers, and the program has plans to expand to other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our project evaluates how this innovation in health supply delivery impacts health center performance.