The Regulation of Entry: A Survey

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Simeon Djankov

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE); Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

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Date Written: December 2008

Abstract

Simplifying entry regulation has been a popular reform since the publication of Djankov et al (2002). The inclusion of business entry indicators in the World Bank's Doing Business project has led to an acceleration in reform: in 2003-2008, 193 reforms took place in 116 countries. A large academic literature has followed: 195 academic articles have used the data compiled in Djankov et al and subsequently by the World Bank. This paper identifies three theories on why some countries impose burdensome entry requirements. It also surveys the literature on the effects of making business entry easier.

Keywords: business entry, productivity, regulatory reform

JEL Classification: O13

Suggested Citation

Djankov, Simeon, The Regulation of Entry: A Survey (December 2008). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7080. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1344639

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