Informality

Gender Differences in Informal Labour Market Resilience

This paper documents gender differences in informal labor market resilience using monthly panel data on the universe of garment-making firm owners in a Ghanaian district capital during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2022

Can Mobile Money Adoption Induce Microenterprises to Formalise? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Burkina Faso

This project will assess whether mobile money adoption can induce informal firms to formalise in Burkina Faso.

Research Project
1 Jan 2021

Small Enterprise Emergency Financial Assistance

The study estimates the relative impacts of three different implementation methods of small enterprise emergency financial assistance in Ghana.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

To Formalize or Not to Formalize: Women Entrepreneurs’ Sensemaking of Business Registration in the Context of Nepal

Despite the depiction of decisions to formalize informal firms as rational and ethical, many entrepreneurs in developing countries continue to operate informally regardless of its perceived illicit status.

Journal Article
22 May 2020

E-Bookkeeping: Measuring Small Firm Behaviour

This project assesses whether more accurate record-keeping by small-business owners enables them to improve their business practices and whether providing complementary business advice can aid adoption of record-keeping.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Value of Formalization for Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Contexts: A Review and Research Agenda

Formalization is constantly being proposed as being of great benefit to business expansion and success.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2019

Entry Regulation and the Formalization of Microenterprises in Developing Countries

Is there a policy rationale for actively trying to encourage small firms to formalise? In the last two decades, hundreds of regulatory reforms have been implemented in countries across the world with the primary objective of making it easier to formally register a business.

Policy Insight
1 Dec 2018

Socio-spatial Differences and Business Formalization – The Case of Nepalese Women Entrepreneurs

The aim of this paper is to explain women’s transitions to the formal economy by exploring the diverse socio-spatial contexts of their entrepreneurial activities.

Conference Paper
1 Aug 2018

Entrepreneurial Motivations, Aspirations and Formalisation Decisions amongst Informal Women Entrepreneurs in Nepal

It is assumed that entrepreneurs are motivated to engage in the informal economy out of necessity for survival rather than opportunity; therefore, lacking growth aspirations and avoiding formalisation.

Conference Paper
1 Apr 2017

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