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Informal Sector and Regulations in Ecuador and Jamaica

  • Emilio Klein
  • Victor E. Tokman
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    This paper presents the results of a survey of micro-enterprises undertaken in Ecuador and Jamaica. The purpose was to understand the relationships between these countries' institutional and legal regulations, the degree of compliance by firms and the impact of compliance on their performance (particularly growth). This enquiry was complemented with case studies of issues related to compliance with regulations. Initially, the paper sets out to analyse the characteristics of the microenterprises surveyed and their type of insertion into product and factor markets. Afterwards, it describes the differences observed in the regulatory frameworks of the two countries, and explains the differences in the degree of compliance with the law on the part of small firms. The final part of the paper determines statistically the relative importance of the factors that influence firm registration and identifies their effects on the growth of micro-enterprises. The initial process of registration ... Ce document technique présente les résultats d'une enquête menée en Équateur et à la Jamaïque sur les micro-entreprises. L'objectif était de comprendre les relations entre les réglementations institutionnelles et légales de ces pays, le degré d'application de ces dispositions par les entreprises et l'impact de cette application sur leurs performances (en particulier sur leur croissance). Cette recherche complétait les publications d'études de cas sur l'application des réglementations. Le document technique se propose d'abord d'analyser les caractéristiques des micro-entreprises étudiées et leurs types d'insertion dans les marchés des produits et des facteurs. Il décrit ensuite les différences observées dans les structures de réglementation des deux pays et explique les différences de degré dans l'application de la loi par les petites entreprises. La dernière partie du document détermine statistiquement l'importance relative des facteurs qui influencent l'enregistrement des entreprises ...

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