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Is Small Beautiful? Small Enterprise, Aid and Employment in Africa

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  • Page, John
  • Soderbom, Mans

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Aid providers frequently link supporting small firms to job creation. Small firms create about half of new jobs in Africa, but they also have higher failure rates. Ignoring firm exit exaggerates net employment growth. Using panel data for Ethiopia, we fin

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2012/94.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: aid; small enterprise; employment; firm exit; Africa;

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