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Micro and Small Enterprise Development in Bolivia, Seeking Opportunities

Vega, Cintia Silvia LU (2010) MIDM70 20101
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
During the last three decades, there has been a growing interest in the role of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) as engines of economic development and pro-poor growth. In Bolivia, MSEs are the main source of employment but have alarmingly low levels of productivity. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to seek for an explanation of the relevance of MSEs´ growth in the Bolivian context as well as to understand the different factors affecting its performance. In order to conduct the analysis, a mixed methods approach primarily based on quantitative data analysis was used.

On the basis of the analysis, it was concluded that MSEs´ growth has a direct impact on employment levels in Bolivia and MSEs are thus an important tool in the... (More)
During the last three decades, there has been a growing interest in the role of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) as engines of economic development and pro-poor growth. In Bolivia, MSEs are the main source of employment but have alarmingly low levels of productivity. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to seek for an explanation of the relevance of MSEs´ growth in the Bolivian context as well as to understand the different factors affecting its performance. In order to conduct the analysis, a mixed methods approach primarily based on quantitative data analysis was used.

On the basis of the analysis, it was concluded that MSEs´ growth has a direct impact on employment levels in Bolivia and MSEs are thus an important tool in the fight against unemployment. Results also showed that Bolivian MSEs are characterized by a relatively low use of external financing, poor levels of expenditure on fixed assets, technology and quality, and an intensive use of unqualified labour as their main resource to achieve results, all of which negatively affects their productivity. Additionally, it was found that the environment is not conductive for business development and it constrains MSE´s performance and growth. (Less)
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author
Vega, Cintia Silvia LU
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organization
course
MIDM70 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
MSE, Micro and Small Enterprises, Bolivia
language
English
id
1607222
date added to LUP
2010-11-09 14:21:50
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2012-06-05 08:22:44
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  abstract     = {During the last three decades, there has been a growing interest in the role of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) as engines of economic development and pro-poor growth. In Bolivia, MSEs are the main source of employment but have alarmingly low levels of productivity. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to seek for an explanation of the relevance of MSEs´ growth in the Bolivian context as well as to understand the different factors affecting its performance. In order to conduct the analysis, a mixed methods approach primarily based on quantitative data analysis was used.

On the basis of the analysis, it was concluded that MSEs´ growth has a direct impact on employment levels in Bolivia and MSEs are thus an important tool in the fight against unemployment. Results also showed that Bolivian MSEs are characterized by a relatively low use of external financing, poor levels of expenditure on fixed assets, technology and quality, and an intensive use of unqualified labour as their main resource to achieve results, all of which negatively affects their productivity. Additionally, it was found that the environment is not conductive for business development and it constrains MSE´s performance and growth.},
  author       = {Vega, Cintia Silvia},
  keyword      = {MSE,Micro and Small Enterprises,Bolivia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Micro and Small Enterprise Development in Bolivia, Seeking Opportunities},
  year         = {2010},
}