Enterprise Survey in Bangladesh

Principal Investigator

Dr. Anirban Mukherjee

Dr. Tanika Chakraborty

Project Area

Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Jassore and Gazipur

Project Description

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) in collaboration with IDRC, Canada intends to see how court efficiency affects business performance. It is known that efficient institutions of contract enforcement are critical for proliferation of business. More specifically, the research team aims to empirically estimate the relationship between the efficiency of formal institutions and various indicators of business performance. As a part of this project, the research team in interested in evaluating this relationship in Bangladesh through this proposed enterprise survey project.

The overall objective of the project is to examine how two institutions of contract writing formal district courts and informal caste networks-complement substitute and interact with each other to affect people and its decision to start and operate a business.

Key objectives that need to be addressed have been identified as

  1. Assess the quality of formal institutions.
  2. Assess the impact of judiciary on business.
  3. Providing quantitative evidence about the businesses that would benefit by the improvement in functioning of formal institutions.

To achieve this overall objective, the study team will work with the personnel involved with the relevant industry.

A survey of 800 firms will be taken across various industries in different 05 cities of Bangladesh. Cities are Dhaka, Khulna, Jashore, Chattogram, and Gazipur. Nature of Industries: The Firms which will be selected for the survey should be from the following categories: i) Garments Industry ii) Leather Industry iii) Shipping industry iv) Plastic industry  v) Kantha industry vi)Fish processing

As a implementing partner, MOMODa FOUNDATION will employ its resources to complete around 1000 enterprise survey in those five cities of Bangladesh.