This research is a survey of unregistered businesses conducted in Egypt, Arab Rep. between August and October 2008 at the same time with Egypt 2008 Enterprise Survey. 500 informal businesses were surveyed.
The objective of World Bank firm-level surveys is to obtain feedback from enterprises in client countries on the state of the private sector, assess constraints to private sector growth and create statistically significant business environment indicators that are comparable across countries.
Informal surveys target unregistered enterprises, which in some countries make up a significant part of the economy. Understanding how informal businesses function and why they prefer to remain unregistered could help implement changes in government - business relationships.
Informal survey questionnaires are a shorter, tailored to unregistered businesses, version of Enterprise Survey questionnaires. The Egypt 2008 Informal Survey topics include general information about a business, infrastructure and services, access to finance, labor regulations, business-government relationship, legal environment, productivity and capacity, bribery and obstacles to registration.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
An unregistered establishment is the unit of analysis.
Manufacturing and services sectors are the prime focus of the research.
Producers and sponsors
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The current survey instrument is available:
- Informal Questionnaire.
The survey topics include general information about a business, infrastructure and services, access to finance, labor regulations, business-government relationship, legal environment, productivity and capacity, bribery and obstacles to registration.
Confidentiality of the survey respondents and the sensitive information they provide is necessary to ensure the greatest degree of survey participation, integrity and confidence in the quality of the data. Surveys are usually carried out in cooperation with business organizations and government agencies promoting job creation and economic growth, but confidentiality is never compromised.
Aggregate indicators based on Enterprise Analysis Unit data are available to the public at https://www.enterprisesurveys.org
Firm-level data is also available to the public free-of-charge. In order to access the firm-level data, users must agree to abide by a strict confidentiality agreement available through Enterprise Analysis Unit website by clicking on "External users register here" at https://www.enterprisesurveys.org/Portal
Where necessary please site the source as "Enterprise Analysis Unit - World Bank Group https://www.enterprisesurveys.org"
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.