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Voices of the Firms 2000 : Investment Climate and Governance Findings of the World Business Environment Survey ( WBES )

  title={Voices of the Firms 2000 : Investment Climate and Governance Findings of the World Business Environment Survey ( WBES )},
  author={Nemat Shafik and Alan Gelb and Luis J. Guasch and Richard S. Newfarmer and Paul A. Collier and Mark S. Baird and Magdi R. Iskander and Brian Levy and Hamid Alavi and Ronnie Das Gupta and Su Yong Song and Djordija Petkoski and Karin Millett and David Sewell and Dale R. Weigel and Roumeen Islam and Aart C. Kraay and Massimo Mastruzzi},
A set of enterprise data are presented, based on a survey of more than 10,000 firms in 80 countries that was carried out between late 1999 and mid 2000. In addition to the data, detailed explanations and the core questionnaire are provided in this paper, as well as a presentation of key findings across regions and firm characteristics. The specificity of the questions posed to firms permits an empirical unbundling of the types of constraints faced by enterprises. Basic econometric analysis of… 
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Governance Matters: From Measurement to Action - Finance & Development - June 2000 - Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay, and Pablo Zoido-Lobatón
  • Political Science
  • 2000
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