The authors are grateful to three anonymous referees for their helpful comments and suggestions. They also acknowledge the financial support from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science under its Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) No. 19310156.
ENTREPRENEURIAL HUMAN CAPITAL AND MICRO AND SMALL BUSINESS IN LAO PDR
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Institute of Developing Economies
The Developing Economies
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 181–202, June 2010
How to Cite
ONPHANHDALA, P. and SURUGA, T. (2010), ENTREPRENEURIAL HUMAN CAPITAL AND MICRO AND SMALL BUSINESS IN LAO PDR. The Developing Economies, 48: 181–202. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1049.2010.00104.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2010
- First version received April 2008; final version accepted June 2009
- Returns to human capital;
- Micro business;
- Economic transition;
- Lao PDR
This paper examines the determinants of performance in 1,776 micro and small enterprises that represent all industry sectors and geographical regions in Lao PDR. Although considerable resources are being directed toward promotion schemes in the country, empirical research on this subject is very limited. This study provides concrete insights into development strategies, particularly investment in basic education. The impact of business experience is small and insignificant. The differences between urban and rural, and Lao and ethnic minorities are narrowing in the younger generation, but still remain very large. The difference between male and female entrepreneurs found in most reports is rejected regardless of region, groups, and generation. These findings would help to formulate further efforts attempting to promote this sector.