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Constraints to informal entrepreneurs in developing countries

An empirical analysis

dc.contributor.advisorLay, Jann Prof. Dr.
dc.contributor.authorKrüger, Jens
dc.titleConstraints to informal entrepreneurs in developing countriesde
dc.title.alternativeAn empirical analysisde
dc.contributor.refereeLay, Jann Prof. Dr.
dc.description.abstractengThis thesis aims to narrow the research gap on informal enterprises, contributing to both the academic and policy debates. It provides empirical evidence related to two key questions: how much potential do informal firms have to contribute to economic growth, and employment creation? And, if that potential exists; what constrains prevent informal entrepreneurs from reaching their full potential? The results on marginal returns to capital in Chapter 1 and on employment growth in Chapter 3 indicate that the potential of informal enterprises may be substantial, if constraints to growth can be overcome. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 provide new evidence on the specific constraints facing informal entrepreneurs. The chapters focus respectively on: monetary entry barriers, inefficient allocation of inputs by gender and lack of access to international markets. The final chapter examines the impact of changes in the firm distribution – influenced heavily by the success or failure of small, largely informal firms – on wage inequality, a variable of significant policy interest. This illustrates some of the implications of the existence and expansion of informal enterprises for the overall
dc.contributor.coRefereeKlasen, Stephan Prof. Dr.
dc.subject.engInformality, informal enterprises, inequality, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Thailand, capital constraints, genderde
dc.affiliation.instituteWirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultätde
dc.subject.gokfullWirtschaftswissenschaften (PPN621567140)de

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