Journal Article

What Have We Learned from a Decade of Manufacturing Enterprise Surveys in Africa?

Arne Bigsten and Måns Söderbom

in The World Bank Research Observer

Published on behalf of World Bank

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 241-265
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 0257-3032
Published online August 2006 | e-ISSN: 1564-6971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wbro/lkl003
What Have We Learned from a Decade of Manufacturing Enterprise Surveys in Africa?

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In the early 1990s the World Bank launched the Regional Program on Enterprise Development (rped) in several African countries, a key component of which was to collect data on manufacturing firms. The data sets built by these and subsequent enterprise surveys in Africa generated considerable research. This article surveys the research on the African business environment, focusing on risk, access to credit, labor, and infrastructure, and on how firms organize themselves and do business. It reviews the research on enterprise performance, including enterprise growth, investment, and exports. The article concludes with a discussion of policy lessons.

Journal Article.  11672 words. 

Subjects: Development Planning and Policy

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