Surveying Surveys and Questioning Questions: Learning from the World Bank Experience on Firm Surveys
World Bank - Global Governance Group; World Bank Institute
Technology Policy Institute
Lixin Colin Xu
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Rigorous data-collection is important for accurate policy analysis. The paucity of data in developing and transition economies makes policy analysis in such countries difficult. The World Bank has attempted to remedy this problem by conducting numerous surveys. This paper explores the rich experiences of the Bank in designing and implementing firm-level surveys. Our exploration leads to a series of lessons and tools that we hope policy makers and researchers can use for creating more effective surveys in the future.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: firm survey, questionnaire design, developing countriesworking papers series
Date posted: October 9, 2003
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