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This study was carried out to analyse the technical efficiency of micro-enterprises in the Nigerian economy, using cross-sectional data collected on micro-enterprises selected from block-making, metal-fabricating and sawmilling enterprises in the three geographical regions (north, southwest and...
Most households in rural Madagascar are engaged in agriculture and derive a large share of their income from the production of food or cash crops and from animal husbandry. However, agricultural yields can be extremely volatile due to weather conditions, pests, insects, rodents and other...
The conventional wisdom in Africa is that economic reforms may have stimulated economic growth, but the benefits of this growth have been uneven, favoring urban households and farmers with good market access. This idea, although quite plausible, has rarely been tested empirically. In this paper,...
For most public projects, especially environmental projects that are partly funded by multilateral donor agencies, costbenefit analysis has become a routine procedure for the approval of project funds. These agencies are very keen to know whether the target community or country possesses the...
This paper tests two alternative models of selection into export: lower costs and better market familiarity. Both are potentially subject to learning-by-doing, but differ in the type of experience required. Learning to produce at lower cost what we call productivity learning depends on general...
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