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Informality, Harassment, and Corruption : Evidence from Informal Enterprise Data from Harare, Zimbabwe (English)

New representative survey data for Harare, Zimbabwe are used to analyze the conditions under which informal businesses encounter requests for bribes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8918 JUN 26, 2019

Francis,David C. Disclosed

Turkey Country Economic Memorandum : Firm Productivity and Economic Growth (English)

Turkey’s pace of income convergence has globally been one of the most remarkable of the past fifteen years. Sustaining growth and improvements in living standards in Turkey will require higher productivity in the economy. ... See More +

Working Paper 136458 APR 29, 2019

Varela,Gonzalo J.; Rab,Habib Nasser; Makovec,Mattia; Kilinc,Umut; Atas,Erdem; Polat,Beyza; Kouame,Auguste Tano; Mahajan,Sandeep; Francis,David C.; Divanbeigi,Raian; Yasar,Pinar Disclosed

Are Management Practices Failing or Aiding the Private Sector in South America? (English)

An expanding body of literature has shown that better management practices can offer significant boosts to firms' productivity; this research illustrates that firms in South America are no exception. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8783 MAR 19, 2019

Hyland,Marie Caitriona; Francis,David C.; Rodriguez Meza,Jorge Luis Disclosed

Mapping the landscape of transactions : the governance of business relations in Latin America (English)

To what extent do firms use trust, law, and third-parties to ensure fulfillment of agreements to transact? How do they combine these mechanisms to form transactional governance structures? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8564 AUG 22, 2018

Francis,David C.; Karalashvili,Nona; Murrell,Peter Disclosed

Do politically connected firms innovate, contributing to long-term economic growth ? (English)

This paper presents new evidence that cronyism reduces long-term economic growth by discouraging firms' innovation activities. The analysis is based on novel establishment survey data from The Arab Republic of Egypt which provides information on establishments' political connections, their innovation activities, and their access to policy privileges. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8502 JUN 29, 2018

Francis,David C.; Hussain,Sahar Sajjad; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Surviving firms of the Syrian Arab Republic : a rapid assessment (English)

This paper details the results from the first comprehensive survey of private firms across major urban areas in the Syrian Arab Republic -- including Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Latakia, and Damascus -- since the conflict began in 2011. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8397 APR 02, 2018

Salmon,Kinley Clemens; Assaf,Nabila; Francis,David C. Disclosed

The effect of the Swedish payroll tax cut for youths on firm profitability (English)

Payroll taxes in Sweden were reduced substantially for people ages 26 years or younger on July 1, 2007. The objective of this tax cut was to lower youth unemployment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7854 OCT 11, 2016

Malm,Arvid; Eklund,Johan; Francis,David C.; Jiang,Nan Disclosed

Deepening without broadening ? jobs in Ghana's private sector (English)

Creating productive jobs is one of the greatest challenges in Ghana. This paper looks at job creation and its relationship with firm productivity and the quality of jobs among registered firms in the Ghanaian private sector, based on the 2013 World Bank Enterprise Survey. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7835 SEP 27, 2016

Francis,David C.; Honorati,Maddalena Disclosed

SMEs, age, and jobs : a review of the literature, metrics, and evidence (English)

The subject of which firms are the key employers—and which of these create or destroy jobs at a faster rate—is eminently important for academics and policy makers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7493 NOV 13, 2015

Aga,Gemechu A.; Francis,David C.; Rodriguez Meza,Jorge Luis Disclosed

As the market churns : estimates of firm exit and job loss using the World Bank's enterprise surveys (English)

This paper uses a unique data set of panel firms from the World Bank's Enterprise Surveys in 47 economies, to provide estimates of the patterns of firm exit, and analyzes various firm characteristics and conditions under which firms leave the market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7218 MAR 23, 2015

Aga,Gemechu A.; Francis,David C. Disclosed

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Informality, Harassment, and Corruption : Evidence from Informal Enterprise Data from Harare, Zimbabwe (English)
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JUN 26, 2019 WPS8918 Policy Research Working Paper
Turkey Country Economic Memorandum : Firm Productivity and Economic Growth (English)
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APR 29, 2019 136458 Working Paper
Are Management Practices Failing or Aiding the Private Sector in South America? (English)
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MAR 19, 2019 WPS8783 Policy Research Working Paper
Mapping the landscape of transactions : the governance of business relations in Latin America (English)
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AUG 22, 2018 WPS8564 Policy Research Working Paper
Do politically connected firms innovate, contributing to long-term economic growth ? (English)
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JUN 29, 2018 WPS8502 Policy Research Working Paper
Surviving firms of the Syrian Arab Republic : a rapid assessment (English)
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APR 02, 2018 WPS8397 Policy Research Working Paper
The effect of the Swedish payroll tax cut for youths on firm profitability (English)
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OCT 11, 2016 WPS7854 Policy Research Working Paper
Deepening without broadening ? jobs in Ghana's private sector (English)
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SEP 27, 2016 WPS7835 Policy Research Working Paper
SMEs, age, and jobs : a review of the literature, metrics, and evidence (English)
See More +
NOV 13, 2015 WPS7493 Policy Research Working Paper
As the market churns : estimates of firm exit and job loss using the World Bank's enterprise surveys (English)
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MAR 23, 2015 WPS7218 Policy Research Working Paper