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Published: 2018-12-01
Paper Type:Research
Paper Title:Business Environment and Economic Growth: Further Empirical Results
Author:1Minh Quang Dao.
About Author: 1Professor of Economics Eastern Illinois University 600 E. Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920 USA Areas of specialisation: Public Finance and Economic Development.
Page No:1-45
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This paper examines the impact of the business environment on economic growth using several samples of both developed and developing countries. Based on data from the World Bank for the 2000- 2015 period for a sample of 114 developed and developing economies, when using the Bank’s Doing Business Indicators as proxies for business-friendly economic policies (also referred to as objective measures of business regulations, we find that the growth rate of GDP is dependent on a country’s growth rate of arable land per capita, its share of gross capital formation in the GDP, its labor force growth rate, the growth rate of general government consumption, the growth rate of net exports, the number of procedures to build a warehouse, the time required to start a business, the time required to enforce contracts, the time required to resolve insolvency, and the cost of starting a business as a percent of per capita income. We observe that the coefficient estimates of three explanatory variables, namely, the time required to start a business, that required to resolve insolvency, and the number of procedures to build a warehouse, do not have their expected sign, possibly to the collinearity between these variables and the other two indicators, namely, the cost of starting a business as a percent of per capita income, and the time required to enforce contracts. On the other hand, when we use the World Bank’s enterprise surveys as measures of the business environment from a sample of 91 developed and developing countries, we find that the growth rate of GDP is dependent on a country’s labor force growth rate, its share of gross capital formation in the GDP, the growth rate of general government consumption, the growth rate of net exports, the percentage of senior management time spent dealing with the requirements of government regulations, the time required to obtain an operating license, the percentage of firms having a bribery incidence, losses due to theft, robbery, vandalism, and arson as a percent of sales, the percentage of firms competing against unregistered firms, the percentage of firms that have internationally recognized quality certification, and the percentage of firms that offer formal training. We observe that the coefficient estimates of three explanatory variables, namely, the time required to obtain an operating license, the percentage of firms having a bribery incidence, and the percentage of firms that have internationally recognized quality certification, do not have their expected sign. We suspect that this is also due to the collinearity between this variable and the other statistically significant enterprise survey indicators. Empirical results also show that the impact of the business environment also varies according to a country’s level of economic development. Statistical results of such empirical examination will assist governments in both developed and developing countries focus on appropriate policies that recognize the importance of a good business environment in order to foster economic growth. JEL Classifications: O12, O15, O40

Doing Business Indicators, Enterprise Surveys, Per Capita GDP Growth, Business Environment.
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Paper Type:Research
Paper Title:Non-Tariff Barriers and Their Effect on Export: Evidence from 5 Asean Countries
Author:1Lee Chin , 2 AbdolazizYousefi
About Author:1Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
2International Cooperation Department, I. R. Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), Tehran, Iran Graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia
Page No:46-56
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Protection or trade restriction in a country comes at an economic cost to domestic consumers and short run benefit to producers of the country. Tariff and non-tariff barriers (NTBs) are government policies to protect domestic producers from foreign competition. Reduction or elimination of trade barriers will increase trade activities in an economy. This study used the autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) approach to show that elimination of NTBs will increase export of 5 ASEAN members. Results indicate that Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore enjoyed an increase in export by reduction in NTB level after implementation of AFTA. This implied that reduction in NTB level will promote export activities.

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Paper Type:Research
Paper Title:Problems and Prospects of White Collar Trade Union in Bangladesh: A Competitive Analysis.
Author:1Md. Kazimul Hoque, 2Muhammad Rehan Masoom
About Author:1,2School of Business & Economics, United International University
Page No:57-74
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Today, 'Trade unions' prevail among most professionals, white-collar employees, managers, senior officials, and managers, highly paid employees in banks, in the Life Insurance Corporation and in many new institutions as well as among the Central Government and semi-government employees. They consider recourse to strikes, mass infrequent leaves, attempt to rule, dharnas, and gheraos for protecting their demand and hence bringing about some delicate problems for the concerned employers/managements requiring serious consideration. White collar trade unions are referred as the union of non-manual employees who come together and form the association in order to establish and protect its members rights. With the increasing number of white collar trade unions, the importance of white collar associations needs to be considered. So in this particular report, we have thoroughly discussed white collar trade unions from both international and national perspective. We have seen that internationally white collar trade unions came into action after the World War II. And in Bangladesh, white collar trade unions were first formed pre liberation war and after liberation war, the number of white collar unions has been increasing. Realizing the importance of white collar trade unions, in the international sector, many developed countries have adopted the trend of forming white collar associations for its white collar employees so that they have equal opportunities and facilities for blue collar employees. The primary objectives of this report is to outline the history of international white collar trade unions and discuss the current condition of international white collar trade unions internationally.

White Collar Employment, Bangladesh, Formal Association, Human Resource Development, Trade Union.
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Paper Type:Research
Paper Title:Insurance Sub-Sector Development: An Emerging Pillar For Economic Growth and Sustainability in Nigeria
Author:Bertram Onyebuchi1,  Simon Peter Nwankwo2,  Onwuka Ifeanyi Onuka3,
About Author:1, Department of Banking and Finance, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Enugu State, Nigeria
2 , 3 Department of Banking and Finance, Godfrey Okoye University, Thinkers Corner, Enugu State, Nigeria
Page No:75-84
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This study examined the effect of Insurance sub-sector development on economic growth and sustainability in Nigeria. It specifically examined the impact of insurance premium on economic growth in Nigeria, ascertain the effects of gross insurance claim on economic growth in Nigeria and determine whether insurance income has any impact on economic growth in Nigeria. To achieve these objectives the study employed various econometric techniques such as Augmented Dickey Fuller (ADF) test for the unit root test, Engle- Granger (E-G) causality test & Johansens co -integration and Parsimonious Error Correction modeling in which variations insurance premium, gross insurance claims and insurance income where regressed on GDP using time series data from 1986-2015. The secondary data casing the time series frame were collected from Central Bank of Nigeria statistical bulletin. The results of the analysis revealed the presence of long run relationship between insurance premium and economic growth in Nigeria. The result also revealed that the error correction model analysis though not individually statistically significant, the variables, insurance premium, gross insurance claim and insurance income were jointly statistically significant in determining economic growth in Nigeria. The study concluded that Nigeria has enormous insurance potentials waiting to be tapped into for rapid economic growth in Nigeria.

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Paper Type:Research
Paper Title:The Role of Indigenization on Service Quality: A Case of Zimbabwe’s Banking Sector
Author:E Rufasha1,  P Chitakunye2,  M Phiri3,  A Takhar4,  S Bhero5,
About Author:1, University of Salford, UK
2, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
3, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
4, University of Northampton, UK
5 University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Page No:85-97
Article Info

This paper seeks to contribute scholarly knowledge on service quality, by exploring the role of indigenisation policy in the Zimbabwean banking sector. Our study adopted a multiple methods approach as a means to gaining richer data, and used questionnaires (81 respondents), personal face to face interviews (9), telephonic interviews (5) and participatory observations (14 days). We found that international commercial banks offer better service quality as compared to their indigenous counterparts. Banking practitioners, academics and the general research community stand to benefit from this paper as it awakens them to the attendant service quality issues that need to be taken cognizance of in their day to day running of commercial banks while also giving the academic and research communities a referral point and source of future research. We argue that if the policy of indigenisation is to be successful, then, there is need to deliver high service quality within the sectors affected by the policy.

commercial banks, indigenization policy, service quality, Zimbabwean banking sector
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