Panel Dynamics of Private Enterprises in Myanmar




Saw Htay Wah is a Doctoral Candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an Assistant Policy Analyst with the RAND Corporation, and a Visiting Doctoral Student at the University of Southern California Center for Economic and Social Research. His current studies focus on the applications of anchoring vignettes to correct for response scale differences in subjective measures in many important substantive areas, the design and implementation of large scale panel studies, and survey methodology with an emphasis on sampling design and development and testing of survey instruments for validity. Prior to joining RAND in 2011, he was a technical officer in the Transport Planning Department of the Singapore Land Transport Authority. He has an MPhil from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an M.S. in economics from Iowa State University, and a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. A native of Myanmar (Burma), Mr. Wah has offered courses on policy analysis, research methods, and statistics to researchers and members of civil societies as well as involved in numerous research activities in Myanmar since 2012.

Current Research Initiative as part of the PEDL project:

Manel Dynamics of Private Enterprises in Myanmar

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play two major roles in the Myanmar economy: (1) they make up over 95% of all private enterprises, and (2) they employ the majority of the labour force. This suggests that the development of a well-functioning and thriving private sector is crucial to Myanmar achieving a sustained economic growth over time. Yet, there has been very little academic research that rigorously analyses the private sector performance in Myanmar. This study will examine the dynamics of private enterprises through detailed interviews with SME owners in the largest city, Yangon, to better inform policy decisions during a critical time of political and economic transformation of the country. Furthermore, by making the data publicly available to the international research community, this study will facilitate research development in Myanmar and foster future research opportunities.