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SME’s registration: Evidence from an RCT in Bangladesh

  • De Giorgi, Giacomo
  • Rahman, Aminur

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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