The World Bank Enterprise Surveys (WBES) team has released new survey data for Bangladesh, India, Iraq, and Madagascar (the latter two also cover Micro enterprises). In addition to the core questions included in all standard WBES, the surveys in Bangladesh and India have questions on contractual disputes, green economy, delayed payments, training costs, and other topics; the survey in Iraq has questions on government subsidies, youth workers, hiring, and childcare support; and the survey in Madagascar has questions on management practices, skills, and technology adoption.
The WBES team has also released a new Informal Sector Enterprise Survey for Peru, covering Lima and Trujillo. A general overview of the data is available on the webpage which also features other data on the informal sector.
The WBES team has also released a second round of the WBES follow-up survey data which measures the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses for Kazakhstan; and a third round of similar data for Zimbabwe. These follow-up surveys re-interview the respondents of recently completed WBES to collect information about closures (temporary or permanent), changes in sales, employment, and finance, along with policy responses, expectations, and other topics. The WBES team has comparable surveys in 46 countries.
Additionally, firm-level estimates of a measure of firms’ political influence proposed in a World Bank Working Paper that uses the WBES data are also now available.
All datasets are available on the data portal. The status of the ongoing WBES can be found on the current projects page.
This report presents the findings of Enterprise Surveys conducted in eight economies in the region in 2013 and 2014: Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, the West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. By analyzing detailed information on more than 6,000 private firms in the manufacturing and services sectors, the report provides fine-grained insights into the key drivers of firms’ performance and the major challenges of the business environment in which they operate.
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The Enterprise Surveys implemented in European and Central Asian countries are also known as Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Surveys (BEEPS) and are jointly conducted by the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the European Commission (EC). Enterprise Surveys in Latin America are jointly funded with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Enterprise Surveys in the Middle East and North Africa are jointly funded with EBRD and the EIB. In the past, other institutions have contributed to the Enterprise Surveys: the UK's Department for International Development(DFID) in South Asia and a subset of African countries, the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) in a subset of francophone West African countries (DGGF), and COMPETE Caribbean in the Caribbean.