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Export competitiveness: Why Domestic Market Competition Matters (English)

This review of the empirical literature shows that industries with more intense domestic competition will export more. Competition law enforcement can be traced to export performance and is complementary to trade reforms. ... See More +

Viewpoint 97914 JUN 01, 2015

Goodwin,Tanja K.; Pierola Castro,Martha D. Disclosed

Debt resolution and business exit : insolvency reform for credit, entrepreneurship, and growth (English)

The willingness of banks and investors to support new businesses depends a great deal on the rules that govern failing businesses. Effective insolvency regimes save struggling firms when possible, or reallocate assets of failing firms more productively. ... See More +

Brief 90759 JUL 01, 2014

Menezes,Antonia Preciosa Disclosed

Reforming business taxes : what is the effect on private sector development? (English)

Tax rates and the administrative costs of tax compliance are key concerns of business. Studies within and across countries suggest that lowering corporate tax rates can increase investment, reduce tax evasion by formal firms, promote the creation of formal firms, and ultimately raise sales and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). ... See More +

Viewpoint 67806 DEC 01, 2011

Bruhn,Miriam Disclosed

Settling out of court : how effective is alternative dispute resolution? (English)

Alternative dispute resolution can help the justice system in a country function more efficiently. It often saves costs and time and increases user satisfaction. ... See More +

Viewpoint 67805 OCT 01, 2011

Love,Inessa Disclosed

Saving viable businesses : the effect of insolvency reform (English)

The 2008 financial crisis and consequent rise in corporate insolvencies highlight the clear need for efficient bankruptcy systems to liquidate unviable firms and reorganize viable ones and to do so in a way that maximizes the proceeds for creditors, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders. ... See More +

Viewpoint 67804 SEP 01, 2011

Klapper,Leora Disclosed

Attracting FDI : how much does investment climate matter? (English)

Business opportunities-as reflected in the size and growth potential of markets-are the most powerful drivers of foreign direct investment. But investment climate features such as strong institutions and investor friendly regulations also matter and may even boost the development impact of the investment. ... See More +

Viewpoint 67803 AUG 01, 2011

Battat,Joseph Y.; Hornberger,Kusisami; Kusek,Peter Disclosed

An open door for firms (English)

World Bank Group client governments as well as donors often ask about the effects of business entry reforms and the persistence of those effects. ... See More +

Viewpoint 56962 JUN 01, 2010

Motta,Marialisa; Oviedo Silva,Ana Maria; Santini,Massimiliano Disclosed

Privatization trends (English)

An update of the World Bank group's privatization database shows that in 2008 privatizations in developing countries fell to US$38 billion, down 70 percent from 2007. ... See More +

Viewpoint 56961 MAY 01, 2010

Kikeri,Sunita; Perault,Matthew Zander Disclosed

Oil price risks (English)

Oil prices more than tripled between January 2004 and March 2008. The effects can be hard on countries with large net oil imports relative to income. ... See More +

Viewpoint 44610 JUN 01, 2008

Bacon, Robert; Kojima, Masami; Disclosed

Doing privatization right (English)

A recent study examining privatization results in four Sub-Saharan African countries yielded two broad conclusions: First, privatization is not easy to do, and getting it right can be tough in low-income countries. ... See More +

Viewpoint 43016 MAR 01, 2008

Jones , Leroy ; Jammal , Yahya ; Gokgur , Nilgun ; Kikeri , Sunita Disclosed

Reform teams : Les equipes de reformes des pays emergeants les plus performants (French)

This note is about reform teams.They belong to an exclusive group of economies that grew out of poverty in less than 30 years. They also initially relied on a small, dedicated team of experts to get the job done. ... See More +

Viewpoint 42810 FEB 01, 2008

Criscuolo , Alberto ; Palmade , Vincent English Disclosed

Reform teams (English)

This note is about reform teams.They belong to an exclusive group of economies that grew out of poverty in less than 30 years. They also initially relied on a small, dedicated team of experts to get the job done. ... See More +

Viewpoint 42810 FEB 01, 2008

Criscuolo , Alberto ; Palmade , Vincent French Disclosed

Privatization trends (English)

This note is based on a World Bank Group database that uses transaction values as a proxy for measuring privatization trends. It includes only the values resulting from the full or partial sale, concession, lease, or initial public offering of existing state owned enterprises or other government assets. ... See More +

Viewpoint 42809 JAN 01, 2008

Kikeri , Sunita ; Phipps , Verena Disclosed

Entrepreneurship : New data on business creation and how to promote it (English)

The World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey continues to extend our knowledge of the importance of entrepreneurship for a dynamic economy. In its second year, with more countries participating, the survey again shows a strong relationship between entrepreneurship, the business environment, and governance. ... See More +

Viewpoint 40958 AUG 01, 2007

Klapper, Leora; Delgado, Juan Manuel Quesada Disclosed

Financing innovation (English)

More than 24 countries operate separate boards and exchanges aimed at small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). Equity markets play a critical role in fostering economic productivity by financing innovation. ... See More +

Viewpoint 39510 MAR 01, 2007

Yoo, JaeHoon Disclosed

Privatization Trends (English)

An update of the World Bank Group's Privatization Database shows that privatization in developing countries continued to pick up in 2004 and 2005, with 400 transactions worth US$90 billion. ... See More +

Viewpoint 38967 FEB 01, 2007

Kikeri, Sunita; Burman, Amit Disclosed

Entrepreneurship (English)

Entrepreneurship is important for the continued dynamism of modern economies and for job creation. Policymakers need to know how new firms get started and what financial and institutional factors promote entrepreneurial activity. ... See More +

Viewpoint 38458 NOV 01, 2006

Klapper,Leora Disclosed

Public-Private Partnership units : what are they, and what do they do (English)

As governments turn to the private sector to provide services once delivered by the public sector, they must learn new skills. An increasingly common way to provide the new capacities needed is to establish public-private partnership units - as new agencies or as special cells within a cross-sectoral ministry such as finance or planning. ... See More +

Viewpoint 37575 SEP 01, 2006

Dhingra,Inderbir Singh; Dutz,Mark Andrew; Harris,Clive G.; Shugart,Christopher Disclosed

Self-dealing : sneaking corporate value through the back door (English)

Self-dealing, prevalent in emerging markets, often harms minority shareholders. The related-party transaction is one common technique, especially in markets with weak law enforcement. ... See More +

Viewpoint 37710 SEP 01, 2006

Nenova, Tatiana; Hickey, Catherine Disclosed

Phasing out subsidies : recent experiences with fuel in developing countries (English)

Many developing countries subsidize petroleum products. The doubling of world oil prices since January 2004 has had very high fiscal costs for these countries, increasing public debt and squeezing other government spending. ... See More +

Viewpoint 37199 AUG 01, 2006

Bacon, Robert; Kojima, Masami Disclosed

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Export competitiveness: Why Domestic Market Competition Matters (English)
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JUN 01, 2015 97914 Viewpoint
Debt resolution and business exit : insolvency reform for credit, entrepreneurship, and growth (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 90759 Brief
Reforming business taxes : what is the effect on private sector development? (English)
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DEC 01, 2011 67806 Viewpoint
Settling out of court : how effective is alternative dispute resolution? (English)
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OCT 01, 2011 67805 Viewpoint
Saving viable businesses : the effect of insolvency reform (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 67804 Viewpoint
Attracting FDI : how much does investment climate matter? (English)
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AUG 01, 2011 67803 Viewpoint
An open door for firms (English)
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JUN 01, 2010 56962 Viewpoint
Privatization trends (English)
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MAY 01, 2010 56961 Viewpoint
Oil price risks (English)
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JUN 01, 2008 44610 Viewpoint
Doing privatization right (English)
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MAR 01, 2008 43016 Viewpoint
Reform teams : Les equipes de reformes des pays emergeants les plus performants (French)
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FEB 01, 2008 42810 Viewpoint English
Reform teams (English)
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FEB 01, 2008 42810 Viewpoint French
Privatization trends (English)
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JAN 01, 2008 42809 Viewpoint
Entrepreneurship : New data on business creation and how to promote it (English)
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AUG 01, 2007 40958 Viewpoint
Financing innovation (English)
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MAR 01, 2007 39510 Viewpoint
Privatization Trends (English)
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FEB 01, 2007 38967 Viewpoint
Entrepreneurship (English)
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NOV 01, 2006 38458 Viewpoint
Public-Private Partnership units : what are they, and what do they do (English)
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SEP 01, 2006 37575 Viewpoint
Self-dealing : sneaking corporate value through the back door (English)
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SEP 01, 2006 37710 Viewpoint
Phasing out subsidies : recent experiences with fuel in developing countries (English)
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AUG 01, 2006 37199 Viewpoint