Skip to main content

The impact of trade facilitation on African SMEs' performance.

Parrilli, M. D., Tingbani, I. and Hansen-Addy, A., 2023. The impact of trade facilitation on African SMEs' performance. Small Business Economics: an international journal. (In Press)

Full text available as:

s11187-023-00756-4.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

[img] PDF
Trade facilitation manuscript_Rev3 edited.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.


Official URL:

DOI: 10.1007/s11187-023-00756-4


While contemporary literature indicates that the business environment (BE) impacts almost all entrepreneurial activities, there are indications that the unique business and institutional setting in Africa (with its challenges and opportunities) and the nature of SMEs (their strengths and weaknesses), among other factors, lead to context-specific impact of regulations on the performance of African SMEs. Using regressions and propensity score matching methods on a panel of 39,461 firm observations (27 African countries) from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys, we unearthed evidence to suggest that while enabling tax administration and business licensing regulations improve SMEs’ performance, trade facilitation impedes African SMEs’ performance. Furthermore, the institutional context of competition (from foreign firms) worsens trade facilitation’s negative impact on African SMEs’ performance. These findings suggest a fine-tuning of BE regulations in African countries. Trade facilitation, for example, must be carefully thought through and implemented in a way to benefit SMEs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:SMEs; Africa; Business environment; institutional heterogeneity; economic performance
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:38243
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Apr 2023 11:36
Last Modified:24 Apr 2023 13:01


Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...
Repository Staff Only -