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Access to credit and informality among micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Ethiopia
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 20:03 authored by Gemechu Ayana Aga, Barry Reilly
This paper examines the determinants of MSEs access to credit in Ethiopia using detailed firm-level data collected in 2003. Its basic purpose is to identify various attributes of a firm that predict its ac- cess to credit with emphasis on the role of informality. We find that informal firms are more credit constrained compared to formal firms. A firm's location, membership of a business association and maintain- ing an accounting record are found to be important determinants of access to credit. Further, we find firms whose owners have vocational training are more credit constrained than those who are not, as are firms that are exclusively male-owned. There is no systematic relation between access to credit and a firm's age, size and the sector in which it operates. The paper concludes with possible policy interventions designed to improve access to credit for MSEs in Ethiopia.
JournalInternational Review of Applied Economics
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