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SME’s registration: Evidence from an RCT in Bangladesh

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  • De Giorgi, Giacomo
  • Rahman, Aminur

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Firms informality is pervasive in Bangladesh. We implemented an information campaign on registration and find that the treatment made firms more aware, but had no impact on registration. Low benefits and high indirect costs appear to be barriers to formality.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 120 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 573-578

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:120:y:2013:i:3:p:573-578

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Keywords: Firms; Informality; Development;

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  1. de Mel, Suresh & McKenzie, David & Woodruff, Christopher, 2012. "The Demand for, and Consequences of, Formalization among Informal Firms in Sri Lanka," IZA Discussion Papers 6442, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  1. Benjamin, Nancy & Beegle, Kathleen & Recanatini, Francesca & Santini, Massimiliano, 2014. "Informal economy and the World Bank," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6888, The World Bank.

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