Informal sector competition and firm productivity

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We provide evidence on whether informal competition has a negative bearing on firm productivity in the formal sector. To do this we employ the World Bank’s Enterprise Survey (WBES) with detailed information for more than sixty thousand manufacturing and services formal firms from over 127 countries. We find a negative association between these two variables, which is further supported when using instrumental variables.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)1243-1246
Número de páginas4
PublicaciónApplied Economics Letters
Fecha en línea anticipada11 oct. 2019
EstadoPublicada - 1 set. 2020

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Funding Information:
I am very thankful for detailed comments, suggestions, and support from Alberto Chong at Georgia State University. Mariano Montoya provided excellent research assistance. The standard disclaimer applies.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Palabras clave

  • Productivity
  • competition
  • developing countries
  • informality


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