Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa

The focus of this research project is micro-entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Two main topics emerged within the first year. First, the informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Second, antecedents and outcomes of micro-entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.

Within the first topic, we investigate the determinants for formalization and the formalization process itself in rural communities (For more information please contact Esther Salvi).

Within the second topic, we investigate causes and consequences of micro-entrepreneurship in rural communities. A specific focus is set on the impact of electricity as a significant antecedent. As outcomes, we investigate economic, social and environmental outcomes on the level of the enterprise, the family and the entire community such as growth, well-being and waste (For more information please contact Jan Moellmann). 

Current Research Focus Areas:

- Antecedents and outcomes of micro-entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa

- Growth of necessity enterprises

- Growth aspirations of necessity entrepreneurs

- Impact of electricity on micro-entrepreneurship

- Well-being and micro-entrepreneurship

- Formalization process of micro-enterprises in rural areas

- The Semi-formal micro-enterprise

- Unintended consequence of micro-enterprise location

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