Impact Assessment

An open door for firms. The impact of business entry reforms, The World Bank Group, 2010

    This Viewpoint note synthesizes existing evidence on the impact of business entry reforms on firm registration, survival and growth, and broader economic development goals.

    Summary of results
    Four clear findings emerge from existing research. First, more firms enter the market when registration procedures and costs are cut . Second, a large percentage of new firms survive and grow. Third, new firms increase competition, forcing incumbents to become more efficient or to exit the market and boosting overall productivity and investment . Finally, entry reforms have greater impacts when coupled with other investment climate reforms.