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Use of imported inputs and the cost of importing : evidence from developing countries (English)

For a representative sample of manufacturing firms in 26 countries, this paper shows that changes in the cost of importing over time are significantly and negatively correlated with changes in the percentage of firms' material inputs that are of foreign origin. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7005 AUG 01, 2014

Amin, Mohammad; Islam, Asif

Do government private subsidies crowd out entrepreneurship ? (English)

Although several studies have found a negative relationship between government spending and entrepreneurship, much debate remains regarding the components of government spending responsible for this association. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6917 JUN 01, 2014

Islam, Asif

Are there more female managers in the retail sector ? evidence from survey data in developing countries (English)

This paper uses firm-level data for 87 developing countries to analyze how the likelihood of a firm having female vs. male top manager varies across sectors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6843 APR 01, 2014

Amin, Mohammad; Islam, Asif

Economic growth and crime against small and medium sized enterprises in developing economies (English)

Several studies have explored the relationship between economy-level crime rates or individual-level crime and economic growth. However, few studies have examined the relationship between economic growth and crime against firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6768 FEB 01, 2014

Islam, Asif

Imports of intermediate inputs and country size (English)

The paper analyzes the relationship between country size and the use of imported intermediate inputs by firms in 76 developing countries. Recent evidence indicates that the use of imported inputs can have a large, positive effect on productivity and growth, thus motivating a better understanding of the determinants of foreign inputs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6758 JAN 01, 2014

Amin, Mohammad; Islam, Asif