Business Regulations Evaluation Group in Latin America

Latin American enterprises face some of the highest costs of doing business in the world. The cost of doing business adds to the difficulty of opening enterprises and sustaining their growth. The 1990s saw profound changes in the macroeconomic environment in Latin America. With decentralization well advanced in a number of countries, the current wave of change is focusing on the micro-level. Many state, local and regional governments, with the assistance of international donors, have simplified procedures for setting up and operating a business.

This project will promote study of the long-term impact of micro-level reforms on the business environment. A secretariat will be established at the Consorcio de Investigación Económica y Social (CIES) in Lima, Peru. The secretariat will review and validate the various evaluation methodologies used by donors, governments and public sector representatives; put out a call for proposals on the impact of simplified business procedures on businesses at the sub-national level; and consolidate and compare the results in workshops and publications.

The idea is to foster comparative and rigorous impact evaluation of business environment reform in Latin America.

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Start Date

Monday, November 5, 2007

End Date

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

Robino, Carolina

Total funding

CA$ 343,163


North and Central America, South America, Peru


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Carmela Vildoso


Consorcio de Investigacion Economica y Social

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