Date of Publication

9-18-2021

Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics major in Industrial Economics

Subject Categories

Economics

College

School of Economics

Department/Unit

Economics

Honor/Award

Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award

Thesis Advisor

Arlene B. Inocencio
Marites M. Tiongco
Mitzie Irene P. Conchada
Alellie B. Sobreviñas
Renz Adrian T. Calub

Defense Panel Chair

Arlene B. Inocencio

Defense Panel Member

Marites M. Tiongco
Mitzie Irene P. Conchada
Alellie B. Sobreviñas
Renz Adrian T. Calub

Abstract/Summary

Obstacles to economic freedom such as trade obstacles, finance obstacles, taxes, and corruption affect the ability of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to maximize firm performance. Existing empirical studies investigating the effect of specific MSME-level obstacles to economic freedom are scarce in Southeast Asian countries. Therefore, this paper focuses on analyzing and comparing the effects of these obstacles to economic freedom on the performance of MSMEs in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia using firm-level data from the 2015 World Bank Enterprise Survey. The methodology utilizes an ordinary least squares regression, and endogenous treatment effects regression, in determining which obstacles of economic freedom significantly affect MSME performance. Overall, it was found that trade obstacle is positively correlated to firm performance in all the countries except in Vietnam, whereas finance obstacle is negatively correlated to firm performance in all the countries except in Malaysia, while results were negative for taxes in the Philippines, and corruption in Vietnam.

Abstract Format

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Language

English

Format

Electronic

Physical Description

ii, 78 leaves, color illustrations

Keywords

Small business--Southeast Asia

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9-15-2023

Available for download on Friday, September 15, 2023

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