The Ethiopia Country Project will produce three papers.
Paper 1 (2015)
This paper focuses on profiling and analyzing the evolution of macroeconomic policies and socio-economic outcomes in terms of output growth, productivity changes, and employment structures. It also highlights opportunities, challenges and prospects with respect to key socioeconomic developments and labour market issues.
Paper 2 (2016)
This paper examines the structure and the determinants of SMEs performance in terms of output growth, employment size, productivity, linkages and scale of operation among others in Ethiopia. In this paper, the factors that influence the chances of graduation, the creation of (decent) jobs, the extent of technological upgrading, and market integration of firms will be identified. A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to analyze information on SMEs that is collected in selected major cities in Ethiopia. The augmented form of learning models will be used to quantify the relative importance of factors influencing the performance of SMEs in Ethiopia. The expected outcome of this study is to improve insights in and understanding of what determines the business success in small scale micro enterprises in Ethiopia.
Paper 3 (2017)
This paper assesses the effects of two policy instruments, namely the Business Registration and Licensing Proclamation and the Charities and Societies Law on business growth and employment. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are used to assess firm growth and employment effects of these policy instruments. The analysis is based on key informant interview (both NGOs and businesses), case studies, and an SMEs survey.