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The investment climate and the firm : firm-level evidence from China

  • Hallward-Driemeier, Mary
  • Wallsten, Scott
  • Lixin Colin Xu

The importance of a country's"investment climate"for economic growth has recently received much attention. The authors address the general lack of appropriate data for measuring the investment climate and its effects. The authors use a new survey of 1,500 Chinese enterprises in five cities to more precisely define and measure components of the investment climate, highlight the importance of firm-level data for rigorous analysis of the investment climate, and investigate empirically the effects of this comprehensive set of measures on firm performance in China. Overall, their firm-level analysis reveals that the main determinants of firm performance in China are international integration, entry and exit, labor market issues, technology use, and access to external finance.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3003.

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