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Surveys of Informal Sector Enterprise - Some Measurement Issues

dc.contributor.authorKaushal Joshi
dc.contributor.authorRana Hasan
dc.contributor.authorGlenita Amoranto
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-30T14:44:51Z
dc.date.available2015-01-30T14:44:51Z
dc.date.issued2009-12-01
dc.identifier.issn1655-5252
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/1843
dc.description.abstractThe informal sector represents an important part of the economy and the labor market in many countries, especially developing countries. Measurements of the informal sector are of intrinsic interest in their own right and contribute toward exhaustive measures of gross domestic product (GDP). Considering that the informal sector provides employment for income creation to a large number of poor and contributes significantly to the GDP of many developing countries, collecting statistics through surveys for accurate measurement of output, net surplus, and value added is critical for national accountants, other users, and for researchers working on policy-related issues. As most of the informal sector enterprises do not maintain business accounts, the survey responses depend highly on the recall by the respondent and the skills of the interviewer. Thus a very important aspect of the surveys of informal sector enterprises is the design of the survey questionnaire and the details to be captured in data collection in order to accurately measure the characteristics of these enterprises. The details sought in the survey questionnaire have implications on the accuracy of data and hence in the measurement of expenditure, receipts, profits, and gross value added (GVA) of these enterprises. In this paper we examine the differences in the measures of (i) profits of an enterprise derived from a detailed set of questions on incomes and expenses, versus profits obtained through a single direct question; and (ii) GVA obtained using the production approach as the difference of output and intermediate consumption from a detailed set of questions on incomes and expenses, versus GVA using the income approach by asking a few questions on factor incomes, and a single direct question on profits. We use data from the 56th round survey of unorganized manufacturing conducted by the National Sample Survey Organization of India during the period July 2000–June 2001. We also examine if the differences vary with the characteristics of the enterprises, and suggest further empirical research to develop suitable tools for providing accurate measurements of informal sector enterprises.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.titleSurveys of Informal Sector Enterprise - Some Measurement Issues
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertPoverty Analysis
dc.subject.expertParticipatory Poverty Assessment
dc.subject.expertPoverty Reduction Strategy
dc.subject.expertExtreme Poverty
dc.subject.expertEconomic development
dc.subject.expertGrowth And Poverty
dc.subject.adbIncome Distribution
dc.subject.adbDemographic Indicators
dc.subject.adbSocial Justice
dc.subject.adbPrice stabilization
dc.subject.adbFood prices
dc.subject.adbPrice policy
dc.subject.naturalSocial change
dc.subject.naturalSocial accounting
dc.subject.naturalInequality of income
dc.subject.naturalEconomic growth
dc.subject.naturalQualilty of Life
dc.subject.naturalOpen price system
dc.subject.naturalPrice fixing
dc.subject.naturalPrice regulation
dc.subject.naturalConsumer price indexes
dc.title.seriesADB economics working paper series
dc.title.volumeNo. 183
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.themePoverty
oar.themeEconomics
oar.themeSmall Medium Business
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic Republic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.countryCook Islands
oar.countryFiji
oar.countryKiribati
oar.countryMarshall Islands
oar.countryMicronesia, Federated States of
oar.countryNauru
oar.countryPalau
oar.countryPapua New Guinea
oar.countrySamoa
oar.countrySolomon Islands
oar.countryTimor-Leste
oar.countryTonga
oar.countryTuvalu
oar.countryVanuatu
oar.countryAfghanistan
oar.countryArmenia
oar.countryAzerbaijan
oar.countryGeorgia
oar.countryKazakhstan
oar.countryKyrgyz Republic
oar.countryPakistan
oar.countryTajikistan
oar.countryTurkmenistan
oar.countryUzbekistan
oar.countryChina, People's Republic of
oar.countryHong Kong, China
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.identifierOAR-001763
oar.authorJoshi, Kaushal
oar.authorHasan, Rana
oar.authorAmoranto, Glenita
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