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Lowering barriers to entrepreneurship and promoting small business growth in South Africa You or your institution have access to this content

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Christine Lewis, Boingotlo Gasealahwe
15 Dec 2017
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Lowering high levels of unemployment and inequality are amongst the largest challenges facing South Africa. More entrepreneurs and thriving small businesses would contribute to inclusive growth. Measures of entrepreneurial activity are lower in South Africa than in other emerging economies. Barriers to entrepreneurship include bureaucratic procedures and licensing, which are also an ongoing burden on small firms. Public procurement is being used to overcome the dominance of large incumbents, but so far its net effect on small firms is not clear. An education system that better equipped students with basic skills as well as entrepreneurial skills would grow the pipeline of entrepreneurs. New forms of financing are slowly emerging in a system that is dominated by banks. A better evidence base is crucial for more effective financial and non-financial support programmes to boost start-up rates and small firms’ growth.
South Africa, entrepreneurial skills, entrepreneurship, small business taxation, micro and small business, business regulation,
JEL Classification:
  • H25: Public Economics / Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue / Business Taxes and Subsidies
  • I25: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Education and Economic Development
  • K2: Law and Economics / Regulation and Business Law
  • L26: Industrial Organization / Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior / Entrepreneurship
  • O55: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economywide Country Studies / Africa
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