How Can Micro and Small Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa Become More Productive? the Impacts of Experimental Basic Managerial Training

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Yukichi Mano

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alhassan Iddrisu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Yutaka Yoshino

The World Bank, Africa Region

Tetsushi Sonobe

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Date Written: August 1, 2011

Abstract

The vast majority of micro and small enterprises in developing countries are located in industrial clusters, and the majority of such clusters have yet to see their growth take off. The performance of micro and small enterprise clusters is especially low in Sub-Saharan Africa. While existing studies often attribute the poor performance to factors outside firms, problems within firms are seldom scrutinized. Entrepreneurs in these clusters are unfamiliar with standard business practices. Based on a randomized experiment in Ghana, this study demonstrates that basic-level management training improves business practices and performance, although the extent of improvement varies considerably among entrepreneurs.

Keywords: Labor Policies, Primary Education, Access & Equity in Basic Education, Education For All, E-Business

Suggested Citation

Mano, Yukichi and Iddrisu, Alhassan and Yoshino, Yutaka and Sonobe, Tetsushi, How Can Micro and Small Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa Become More Productive? the Impacts of Experimental Basic Managerial Training (August 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5755. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1907074

Yukichi Mano (Contact Author)

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Alhassan Iddrisu

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Yutaka Yoshino

The World Bank, Africa Region ( email )

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Tetsushi Sonobe

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies ( email )

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Minato-ku
Tokyo, 106-8677
Japan

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