The Addis Ababa Industrial Survey 1993 is the first wave of a panel data set on a sample of firms within the Ethiopian manufacturing sector, all based in the Addis Ababa region. The first round of the survey was undertaken between September - December 1993. The questionnaire structure and types of data collected were designed to be consistent with other African manufacturing sector surveys carried out under the Regional Program on Enterprise Development (RPED) organised by the World Bank. The survey covers 220 firms that were selected on a random basis from manufacturing establishments in the Addis Ababa region, of which 30 are public enterprises. The firms constitute a panel which was intended to be broadly representative of the size distribution of firms across the major sectors of Ethiopia's manufacturing industry. These sectors include food processing, textiles and garments, paper products and furniture, metal products and machinery.
Data on each firm was collected at two levels: firm level information relating to the years 1992/1993; and for each firm, information on a sub-sample of their workers & apprentices for 1993.
The dataset is complete, apart from some additional data files relating to firms’ financial structure and performance (Section 5 of Questionnaire) which are still in the process of compilation and will be added to this first release as soon as possible.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of analysis
v1: Edited anonymised dataset for licensed distribution
business/industrial management and organisation [2.2]
labour relations/conflict [3.3]
working conditions [3.6]
The City of Addis Ababa
The data is at city level and covers only the city of Addis Ababa
Unit of analysis
The survey covered a sample of 220 firms within the Ethiopian manufacturing sector, all based in the Addis Ababa region.
Producers and sponsors
Economics Department of Addis Ababa University, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford
Government of the Netherlands
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
The dataset presented here has been extracted from a detailed questionnaire conducted with the owners/ senior managers and, for relevant sections, workers of the sampled manufacturing firms.
The original questionnaire was designed by a team from the World Bank, as part of the Regional Program on Enterprise Development (RPED) and therefore the questionnaire structure and types of data collected are consistent with other African manufacturing sector
surveys carried out by RPED. The overall questionnaire has been divided into a number of sections, grouping questions related to different aspects of firm-level structure and performance and also a section of supplementary labour market information gathered from interviews with a sample of workers within each firm.
These sections are organised as follows in the Wave I questionnaire:
General Firm Questionnaire
Labour Markets Questionnaire
Appendix to Labour Markets Questionnaire: Survey for a Sub-Sample of Workers
Financial Markets & Contractual Relations Questionnaire
Dispute Resolution Questionnaire
Business Support Services Questionnaire
Entrepreneurial Strategies Questionnaire
Economics Department, Addis Ababa University
Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford
The data files have been made available by CSAE in the form in which they were received from the survey organisers, without any additional work having been undertaken to clean the data and check for consistency. It is suggested, therefore that potential users run their own basic consistency checks on the elements of the dataset in which they are interested before using the data in further analytical work.
DataFirst has assisted the usability of the dataset by merging the 41 original files into one data file, using the unique firm id number, and providing variable and value labels. The original data files are also available as licensed data from firstname.lastname@example.org
Available as a licensed dataset from DataFirst's online microdata catalogue
Addis Ababa Industrial Survey 1992-1993. 1999. [dataset]. Version 1. Addis Ababa: University of Addis Ababa; Oxford: Centre for the Study of African Economies [producers], 1999. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2011.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
(c) 1999. Centre for the Study of African Economies
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Version 01: Adopted from "ddi-eth-datafirst-aais-2010-v1” DDI that was done by metadata producer mentioned in “Metadata Production” section.