Constraints to the Growth of Small Firms in Northern Myanmar

  title={Constraints to the Growth of Small Firms in Northern Myanmar},
  author={El-hadj M. Bah and Geoff Cooper},
This paper uses survey data collected from North Western Myanmar to analyse business activity and determine the most binding constraints to firm growth. Most households in the region are operating informal firms with low earnings and no employees. The most binding constraints are related to external financing and competition. Firms that view access to informal credit as a major constraint are 15.3% less likely to invest and grow, on average, 5.7% less in 2008-2010. Restricted access to markets… CONTINUE READING