Weekly links April 12: informal firms, politics, PACDEV, and more on field work


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  • The World Bank’s Enterprise Survey program is not just about surveying formal firms. In some countries (such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe & Lao DPR), they now also conduct surveys of informal firm. A harder-to-sample group than households or formal firms, the surveys use stratified adaptive cluster sampling methods—a method commonly used in the field of biology.
  • If you missed PACDEV, Vittorio Bassi has a nice roundup of the papers.  
  • For those who do field work in Africa or elsewhere, you might add this to your reading list: The Politics of Conducting Research in Africa. It’s an edited volume that explores the “ethical and emotional challenges” of conducting fieldwork in Africa and the difficulties researchers face – including objectivity, access, gender issues and information risks.

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