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Constrained firms, not subsistence activities : evidence on capital returns and accumulation in Peruvian microenterprises (English)

Authors investigate the size of returns to capital and the determinants of capital accumulation in microenterprises (MEs) in a developing country context. ... See More +

Other Social Protection Study 77928 MAR 01, 2013

Gobel, Kristin; Grimm, Michael; Lay, Jann Disclosed

Kinship-ties and entrepreneurship in Western Africa (English)

Small entrepreneurs in poor countries achieve relatively high marginal returns to capital but show only low re-investment rates. The literature is rather inconclusive about the possible causes. ... See More +

Other Social Protection Study 77936 FEB 01, 2013

Grimm, Michael; Gubert, Flore; Koriko, Ousman; Lay, Jann; Nordman, Christophe J. Disclosed

Rwanda - Raising productivity and reducing the risk of household enterprises : fieldwork report (English)

This project was undertaken so that an understanding could be developed to enable policies, strategies programmes and projects to be developed for raising the productivity and reducing the risks of household enterprises. ... See More +

Other Social Protection Study 77876 JAN 01, 2013

Abbott, Pamela Disclosed

How much does utility access matter for the performance of micro and small enterprises? (English)

The empirical evidence of the economic benefits of different utilities such as electricity, telecommunications and water is mixed and, in the case of micro and small enterprises, relatively thin. ... See More +

Working Paper 77935 NOV 01, 2012

Grimm, Michael; Hartwig, Renate; Lay, Jann Disclosed

Credit constrained in risky activities? : the determinants of capital stocks of micro and small firms in Western Africa (English)

Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in developing countries are typically considered to be severely credit constrained. Additionally, high business risks may partly explain why capital stocks of MSEs remain low. ... See More +

Working Paper 77923 MAY 01, 2012

Grimm, Michael; Lange, Simon; Lay, Jann Disclosed

Constrained gazelles : high potentials in West Africa's informal economy (English)

The informal sector is typically characterized as being very heterogeneous and possibly composed of two clearly distinct segments, sometimes called the lower and upper tier. ... See More +

Working Paper 77926 MAR 01, 2012

Grimm, Michael; Knorringa, Peter; Lay, Jann Disclosed

Informal-formal linkages and informal enterprise performance in urban West Africa (English)

Employing a unique dataset that covers almost 6000 informal enterprises from six West African urban centers, this paper examines the backward and forward linkages of these enterprises to the formal sector. ... See More +

Working Paper 77933 JAN 01, 2012

Bohme, Marcus; Thiele, Rainer Disclosed

Unlocking potential : tackling economic, institutional and social constraints of informal entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa : main findings and policy conclusions (English)

In the past two decades, research on the informal sector has emphasized the heterogeneity of this part of the economy, example in terms of entry costs, firm size, and access to credit, forward- and backward linkages as well as human and physical capital endowments. ... See More +

Working Paper 77925 NOV 01, 2011

Grimm, Michael; Hoeven, Rolph van der; Lay, Jann Disclosed

Informal sector dynamics in times of fragile growth : the case of Madagascar (English)

This paper investigates the dynamics of the informal sector in Madagascar during a period of fragile growth. Overall, the behavior of informal firms in terms of earnings, employment and capital accumulation points to a degree of heterogeneity which goes beyond a simple dualistic model and even a more refined model that would distinguish between an upper entrepreneurial and a lower subsistence tier within the informal sector. ... See More +

Working Paper 77929 SEP 01, 2011

Vaillant, Julia; Grimm, Michael; Lay, Jann; Roubaud, Francois Disclosed

The institutional barriers has the formalization of the abstract production units in the principal urban areas of the Member States of the UEMOA : Les barrières institutionnelles à la formalisation des unités de production informelles dans les principales agglomérations des états membres de l'UEMOA (French)

This articles offers an analysis of institutional barriers that prevent the creation of Informal Units of Production (IUP) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Bamako (Mali), Niamey (Niger), Dakar (Senegal) and Lome (Togo). ... See More +

Working Paper 77934 MAY 01, 2011

Coulibaly Timgana,Siriki Zanga; Fall, Madior; Koriko, Ousman; Emmanuelle,Lavallee; Ouedraogo, Eloi; Ramilison,Eric Norbert Disclosed

Barriers to entry and returns to capital in informal activities : evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

This paper investigates the patterns of capital entry barriers and capital returns in informal Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE's) using a unique micro data set seven West-African countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 77927 MAY 01, 2011

Grimm, Michael; Kruger, Jens; Lay, Jann Disclosed

Intergenerational transmission of self-employed status in the informal sector : a constrained choice or better income prospects? Evidence from seven West-African countries (English)

Social reproduction is the highest for self-employed as shown by an extensive literature from developed and developing countries. Very few studies however document the reason for this high intergenerational correlation of the self-employed status. ... See More +

Working Paper 77937 APR 01, 2011

Pasquier-Doumer, Laure Disclosed

The impact of microfinance loans on small informal enterprises in Madagascar : a panel data analysis (English)

This paper analyses the impact of a microfinance institution (MFI) serving small informal enterprises in Antananarivo (Madagascar). The methodology consists of comparing over time the situation of a representative sample of clients' enterprises with a control group, constructed in an almost experimental way through a standard propensity-score matching technique. ... See More +

Working Paper 77931 APR 01, 2011

Gubert, Flore; Roubaud, Francois Disclosed

Is the informal sector constrained from the demand side? Evidence for six West African capitals (English)

Employing a unique dataset that covers households from six West African capitals, this paper provides new evidence on the demand for informal sector products and services. ... See More +

Working Paper 77932 JAN 01, 2011

Bohme, Marcus; Thiele, Rainer Disclosed

Uganda - Raising productivity and reducing the risk of household enterprises (English)

Ugandan economy has undergone major structural changes with Agriculture declining in importance while industry and especially services have been growing rapidly. ... See More +

Brief 77877 DEC 01, 2009

Bakeine, Amos Disclosed

Study on skills development for the informal sector of the Nigerian economy (English)

The problems of employment have become a central global concern in recent times. This makes nearly all the governments and development partners to be fully engaged in finding a lasting solution to the problems. ... See More +

Working Paper 77875 JUN 01, 2009

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Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
Constrained firms, not subsistence activities : evidence on capital returns and accumulation in Peruvian microenterprises (English)
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MAR 01, 2013 77928 Other Social Protection Study
Kinship-ties and entrepreneurship in Western Africa (English)
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FEB 01, 2013 77936 Other Social Protection Study
Rwanda - Raising productivity and reducing the risk of household enterprises : fieldwork report (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 77876 Other Social Protection Study
How much does utility access matter for the performance of micro and small enterprises? (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 77935 Working Paper
Credit constrained in risky activities? : the determinants of capital stocks of micro and small firms in Western Africa (English)
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MAY 01, 2012 77923 Working Paper
Constrained gazelles : high potentials in West Africa's informal economy (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 77926 Working Paper
Informal-formal linkages and informal enterprise performance in urban West Africa (English)
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JAN 01, 2012 77933 Working Paper
Unlocking potential : tackling economic, institutional and social constraints of informal entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa : main findings and policy conclusions (English)
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NOV 01, 2011 77925 Working Paper
Informal sector dynamics in times of fragile growth : the case of Madagascar (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 77929 Working Paper
The institutional barriers has the formalization of the abstract production units in the principal urban areas of the Member States of the UEMOA : Les barrières institutionnelles à la formalisation des unités de production informelles dans les principales agglomérations des états membres de l'UEMOA (French)
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MAY 01, 2011 77934 Working Paper
Barriers to entry and returns to capital in informal activities : evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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MAY 01, 2011 77927 Working Paper
Intergenerational transmission of self-employed status in the informal sector : a constrained choice or better income prospects? Evidence from seven West-African countries (English)
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APR 01, 2011 77937 Working Paper
The impact of microfinance loans on small informal enterprises in Madagascar : a panel data analysis (English)
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APR 01, 2011 77931 Working Paper
Is the informal sector constrained from the demand side? Evidence for six West African capitals (English)
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JAN 01, 2011 77932 Working Paper
Uganda - Raising productivity and reducing the risk of household enterprises (English)
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DEC 01, 2009 77877 Brief
Study on skills development for the informal sector of the Nigerian economy (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 77875 Working Paper