The Social Research Center (SRC) of the American University in Cairo carried out Egypt Investment Climate Survey between October 7 and December 10, 2004, under the leadership of Dr. Hoda Rashad. The survey used the World Bank Investment Climate Survey standard methodology. Data from 977 establishments were analyzed.
The Investment Climate Surveys (ICS) were conducted by the World Bank and its partners across all geographic regions and covered firms of all sizes in many industries. The ICS collected a wide array of qualitative and quantitative information through face-to-face interviews with managers and owners regarding the investment climate in their country and the productivity of their firms. Topics covered in the ICS included the obstacles to doing business, infrastructure, finance, labor, corruption and regulation, contract enforcement, law and order, innovation and technology, and firm productivity. Taken together, the qualitative and quantitative data helped connect country’s investment climate characteristics with firm productivity and performance.
Firm-level surveys have been administered since 1998 by different units within the World Bank. Since 2005-06, most data collection efforts have been centralized within the Enterprise Analysis Unit (FPDEA). Enterprise Surveys, a replacement for Investment Climate Surveys, are now conducted by the Enterprise Analysis Unit.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Producers and sponsors
The survey was conducted using stratified random sampling. The survey covered establishments from 15 governorates: Cairo - 26%, Sharkiya - 15%, Alexandria - 11%, Qalyubia - 10%, Giza - 9%, Gharbya - 8%, Menoufya - 6%, Others - 15%. Manufacturing sectors included food processing (16%), chemicals (15.6%), garments and textiles (31.2%), metals and glass (23.7%), other finished goods (13.5%). The survey covered businesses of all sizes: small (less than 50 employees) - 69%, medium (between 50 and 150 workers) - 17%, large (more than 150 employees) - 14%.
The Information Decision Support Center (IDSC) provided the sampling frame and conducted the sampling. The national statistical agency CAPMAS, provided support in identifying firm location and made their sample available for additional replacement sampling during the survey roll-out.
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Social Research Center (SRC) of the American University in Cairo
The current survey instrument is available:
- Productivity and the Investment Climate Private Enterprise Survey.
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.
Firm-level data is available to the public free-of-charge. In order to access the 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 www.enterprisesurveys.org"
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