Sri Lanka's Rural Non-farm Economy: Removing Constraints to Pro-poor Growth

@inproceedings{Deininger2005SriLR,
  title={Sri Lanka's Rural Non-farm Economy: Removing Constraints to Pro-poor Growth},
  author={Klaus Feder Gershon Deininger and Songqing Jin and Mona Lisa Sur},
  year={2005}
}
We use a survey of small rural enterprises from Sri Lanka to demonstrate quantitatively the economic importance of this sector and to identify participants' characteristics and obstacles to the sector's expansion and productivity. Value added in the rural non-farm sector is estimated to amount to 80% of agricultural GDP and mean incomes for those having a rural enterprise to be about double of those who do not. Barriers to entry appear to be low and the impact of non-farm enterprise development… CONTINUE READING
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