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The Regulatory Environment and SMMEs. Evidence from South African Firm Level Data

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  • Neil Rankin

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    (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

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The paper specifically examines: labour regulations and their relationship with employment and investment; trade regulations; permits and licences for businesses; visa regulations; the predictability of regulatory application; and the costs of regulation. It also investigates the ways firms respond to regulations. There is evidence that these regulations constrain firm growth, particularly among smaller firms. Labour regulations are not the only type of regulations that have a disproportional effect on smaller firms. Government regulation comes in many forms, such as tax regulation, labour regulation and regulations concerning the import and export of goods. This paper uses data gathered from a number of South African firm-level surveys to investigate how government regulations impact on firms. In many cases firms are asked about the perceived impact of regulations. This places regulation in context.

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Paper provided by University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit in its series Working Papers with number 06113.

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Length: 82 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Publication status: Published in Working Paper Series by the Development Policy Research Unit, September 2006, pages 1-82
Handle: RePEc:ctw:wpaper:06113

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Keywords: South Africa: Labour Regulations; employment and investment;

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  1. Rankin, Neil A., 2001. "The export behaviour of South African manufacturing firms," MPRA Paper 16904, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Johannes Fedderke & Chandana Kularatne & Martine Mariotti, 2005. "Mark-up Pricing in South African Industry," Working Papers 01, Economic Research Southern Africa.
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  1. Shane Godfrey & Jan Theron & Margareet Visser, 2007. "The State of Collective Bargaining in South Africa: An Empirical and Conceptual Study of Collective Bargaining," Working Papers 07130, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  2. Tengeh, Robertson Khan & Ballard, Harry & Slabbert, Andre, 2011. "A framework for acquiring the resources vital for the start-up of a business in South Africa:an African Immigrant’s Perspective," MPRA Paper 34211, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Andrew Kerr & Martin Wittenberg & Jairo Arrow, 2013. "Job Creation and Destruction in South Africa," SALDRU Working Papers 092, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
  4. Rankin, Neil & Roberts, Gareth & Schoer, Volker, 2014. "The success of learnerships? Lessons from South Africa.s training and education programme," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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  6. Haroon Bhorat & Ravi Kanbur, 2005. "Poverty and Well-being in Post-Apartheid South Africa: An Overview of Data, Outcomes and Policy," Working Papers 05101, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  7. Haroon Bhorat & Halton Cheadle, 2009. "Labour Reform in South Africa: Measuring Regulation and a Synthesis of Policy Suggestions," Working Papers 09139, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  8. Marianne Matthee & Waldo Krugell, 2011. "Barriers to Internationalisation: Firm-Level Evidence from South Africa," Working Papers 2011/09, Maastricht School of Management.

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