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Title: Do informal businesses gain from registration and how? panel data evidence from Vietnam.
Authors: Demenet, Axel
Razafindrakoto, Mireille
Roubaud, François
Keywords: Informal sector
Development policy
Causal impact
Issue Date: Aug-2016
Series/Report no.: World Development;Volume 84, Page 326–341
Abstract: This paper evaluates the impact of Household Businesses’ decision to leave the informal sector on their performance and mode of operation. It capitalizes on a unique panel dataset, result of a five-year project. Using dynamic specifications, we find a significant impact of formalization on annual value added of 20% on average. More importantly, we show that this improvement is not valid for the smallest units, and that it is made possible for the others by changing their operating conditions. Released from the constraints of informality, they can access better equipment, increase their scale of operation, and operate in a more competitive environment.
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