Publication: The Informal Sector in Francophone Africa : Firm Size, Productivity, and Institutions
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Mbaye, Ahmadou Aly
This book is a major step towards improving the understanding of the complex reality of informal sector firms in francophone West Africa. It innovates by concentrating on informal firms rather than informal employment (as other studies do), and identifying 'large informal' sector firms whose sales rival those of large formal-sector firms but operate in ways that are similar to small informal operators. Not only is the regulatory environment facing these two types of informal firms distinct, but policies aimed at improving their productivity need to be differentiated. This study focuses on the urban informal sector in three capital cities: Dakar (Senegal), Cotonou (Benin), and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). The study also breaks new ground with an eclectic methodology and primary data collection. Quantitative and qualitative firm-level data were collected involving a unique and fruitful collaboration among academic researchers, government officials, the West African economic and monetary union commission, informal and formal sector business associations, and labor unions. This volume represents the culmination of a long collaboration between the Centre de Recherches Economiques Appliquees (CREA) at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and the World Bank.
“Benjamin, Nancy; Mbaye, Ahmadou Aly. 2012. The Informal Sector in Francophone Africa : Firm Size, Productivity, and Institutions; Les entreprises informelles de l'Afrique de l'ouest francophone : Taille, productivité et institutions. Africa Development Forum. © Washington, DC: World Bank and Agence Française de Développement. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/6e598bb3-49fa-5681-bf56-3ee46bbea868 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”