Central Data Catalog
Informal Sector Business Survey 2019
World Bank Group (WBG)
January 09, 2020
January 09, 2020
Documentation in PDF
Data file: laoinformal_2019_full_data_long_form
Lao PDR 2019 Informal Sector Business Survey data
WEB STD FIRMID
Enumerated Square ID
ID of Cluster of Squares
Status of Interview
Language of Interview
Day of interview (Start)
Month of interview (Start)
Year of interview (Start)
Hour of interview (Start)
Minutes of interview (Start)
Seconds of interview (Start)
Observed Main Business Activity
Main Business Activity
Please Specify Other Activity
Type of Premises
Respondent Willing to Participate in the Survey
Number of people working in the business last month
Estimate of the Observed Number of Workers
Business has visible signage, including permits
The business is registered at the national (central) level
The business is registered at the provincial level
The business is registered at the disctrict level
The business has an operating liecense from relevant ministry
Is respondent the main owner of business or activity?
Number of owners of the business or activity
Number of female owners of business or activity
Owner of the business is female?
Year the business or activity started
Did [owner] start this business or activity?
How did [owner] acquire the business or activity?
Conveniance of location and/or hours as reason for starting the business
Profit opportunity as reason for starting the business
Secondary source of income as reason for starting the business
Inability to find another source of income as reason for starting the business
Conveniance of location and/or hours as reason for joining the business
Profit opportunity as reason for joining the business
Secondary source of income as reason for joining the business
Inability to find another source of income as reason for joining the business
Main source of funding used to start/acquire the business or activity
Occupation of owner(s) prior to this business or activity
Age of owner/main owner
Number of years [owner] has experience working in the industry
Highest level of education of main owner
Number of years the main owner lived in this city
Where did the main owner live before moving to this city?
Number of household members of the main owner
Number of household members of the owner that are younger than 6 years old
Main owner the primary income earner of the household?
Main owner currently has a job with a wage?
Main owner ever had a job with a wage?
In what year did main owner had a job with a wage last time?
In the last two years, did main owner activley look for a job with a wage?
Did main owner get the job?
Number of household members, other than main owner, that have a job with a wage
Any of main owner's household members ever had a job with a wage?
Year when a household member last time had a job with a wage
Reason for business located in hh: Lower cost to run a business
Reason for business located in hh:easier to manage family responsibilities&work
Reason for business located in hh: no benefit of working outside household
Reason for business located in hh: customer safety and security
Reason business's located in hh:minimize visibility to tax authorities
Main reason for choice of location for this business or activity
Main owner owns the location or space occupied by the business or activity?
Does the business or activity pay any rent for the space it occupies?
Business requires electricity to produce goods or render services?
Is the business or activity connected to the electricity grid?
How does this business or activity pay for electricity?
Last month, did this business or activity experience power outage?
Last month, how many power outages did this business experience?
Average duration of power outage last month (hours)
Average duration of power outage last month (minutes)
Business use water for its activity, aside from typical consumption and hygiene?
Last month, did this business or activity experience insufficient water supply?
No. of incidents of insufficient water supply last month?
Average duration of incidents of insufficent water supply last month (hours)
Average duration of incidents of insufficent water supply last month (minutes)
Does the business Use Computer?
Does the business Use Tablet?
Does the business Use Cellphone or Smartphone?
In last three months, did this business pay for security?
Total cost of security for the last three months
In last three months, did this business had losses as a result of a crime?
Number of crime incidents experianced by business in the last three months
Total value of losses due to crime in the last three months
Business experianced harassment by govt. officials or police in last 3 months?
Total sales last month (in LCU)
Volume of last month's sales compared to average
Total sales in a regular month (in LCU)
Total sales in the lowest month (in LCU)
Total sales in the highest month (in LCU)
Number of months operated in a normal year?
Number of hours operated per week?
Business Produce Or Provide Services To Other Businesses?
Business produce/provide services under contract for another business/person?
Business purchases inputs/supplies from suppliers under contract?
Months of relations with primary supplier
Description of a typical customer
Agreements fulfilled without problems, disputes, or delays with customers
Agreements fulfilled without problems, disputes, or delays with suppliers
Visited competitor to see products available for sale
Asked existing customers products the business should sell or produce
Talked to former customers to find reasons they stopped buying from the business
Used a special offer to attract customers
Asked suppliers which products are selling well
Negotiated a lower price from suppliers in the last 3 months?
How often does the business run out of stock of inventories or raw materials?
Does the business keep written business records?
Accounts of business are kept separatley from household expenses?
Business keeps a written budget for monthly costs?
Business has target for sales over the next year?
Frequency at which actual and target sales are compared
Business has a budget of costs it will likely face next year
Business prepares a profit and loss statement at least once a year
Use of own funds to finance day-to-day operations
Use of moneylenders to finance day-to-day operations
Use of Microfinance institutions to finance day-to-day operations
Use of banks to finance day-to-day operations
Use of friends or relatives to finance day-to-day operations
Use of other sources to finance day-to-day operations
Purchased inputs on credit or received advances from customers last year?
Business sold goods or services on credit last year?
Purchased new or used machinery, vehicles, or fixed assets last 3 years?
Total expenditure on new or used machinery and equipment (LCU) in last 3 yrs?
Total Annual Expenditure For Purchases of Land And Buildings In Last FY
Use of own funds to finance purchase fixed assets
Use of moneylenders to finance purchase fixed assets
Use of Microfinance institutions to finance purchase fixed assets
Use of banks to finance purchase fixed assets
Use of friends or relatives to finance purchase fixed assets
Main owner has a bank account to run this business?
Main owner has a separate bank account for the household?
In its current operations, does the [owner] use mobile money
In its current operations, does the [owner] use mobile money to pay suppliers
In its current operations, does the [owner] use mobile money to save
In its current operations, does the [owner] use mobile money to pay utility bill
In its current operations, does the [owner] use mobile money to receive payments
In its current operations, does the [owner] use mobile money to pay loans
Currently, does main onwer have a loan for the buisness?
Institution that granted the most recent loan
Guarantee required for the most recent loan
In last year, did the business apply for any loans?
Main reason for not applying for a loan
Number of paid workers last month
Number of unpaid workers last month
How does total number of workers last month compare to the average?
Total number of workers in a regular month
Total number of workers in a month with the highest number of people working
Total number of workers in a month with lowest number of people working
Number of female workers (paid and unpaid) working in the busines last month
No. of workers (including the owner) that can read
No. of workers (including the owner) that can write
No. of workers (including the owner) that can use a computer
No. of workers (including the owner) that can speak a language other than native
In last 3 yrs considered to legally register business?
In last 3 years, has main owner taken any steps to register the business?
Unregistered b/c of Time, fees, and paperwork required to complete registration
Unregistered b/c of Taxes that need to be paid
Unregistered b/c of Inspections from government officials
Unregistered b/c of Bribery
Unregistered b/c of no benefits from being registered
Unregistered b/c of Lack of information on the process or where to register
Main Reason the Business Is Not Registered
Would the business gain better access to financing or loans if registered?
Business gains better access to raw materias, and other services if registered?
Would the business pay less in bribes if registered?
Would the business gain better access to potential customers if registered?
Has a customer refused to do business because of lack of registration?
Are there registered firms providing same good or service as this business?
Prices compared to similar products or services from registered firms
Does this business give informal payments to remain unregistered?
Do unregistered business give informal payments in order to stay in business?
Total cost of sales in last month (in LCU)
Total cost of workers in last month (in LCU)
Total cost of electricity in last month (in LCU)
Does the business use machinery and equipment (excluding tools)?
Does the business use its own vehicles?
Market value of Tools And Utensils
Market value of Machinery And Equipment
Market value of Vehicles, Carts, And Other Transportation Devices
Market value of Site, Including Land And Buildings
Yesterday's Market Value Of raw materials and finished goods
Yesterday's Market Value Of Inventory
Outcome of Last Month's Sales (Profit or Loss)
Value of Last Month's Net Profit Or Losses
Profets last month compared to Average Month
Regular Month's Net Profit
Interviewee Position, Specify Other
Years working in the Business
Gender of main respondent
Day of interview (end)
Month of interview (end)
Year of interview (end)
Hour of interview (end)
Minutes of interview (end)
Seconds of interview (end)
Long-Form Weight According to Weak Eligibility (including all refusals)
Long-Form Weight According to Median Eligibility (including refusals that don't
Long-Form Weight According to Strict Eligibility (Only Confirmed Informal Busine
Stratification Region Code
Stratification Probability Code