Poor health kills small business: illness and microenterprises in South Africa

Chao, Li-Wei and Pauly, Mark and Szrek, Helena and Pereira, Nuno Sousa and Bundred, Frances and Cross, Catherine and Gow, Jeff (2007) Poor health kills small business: illness and microenterprises in South Africa. Health Affairs, 26 (2). pp. 474-482. ISSN 0278-2715


Small businesses contribute almost 50 percent of total employment and 30 percent of gross domestic product in South Africa, but the impact of poor health and AIDS on these businesses is poorly documented. Using three waves of longitudinal data from predominantly African neighborhoods in peri-urban Durban, South Africa, this project investigates the connections between the health of the owner of a micro- and small enterprise (MSE) and the MSE’s growth, survival, or exit. The results show that poor baseline health and declines in health over time are both significantly associated with subsequent business

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2009 23:53
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: small business; South Africa; illness; poor health; HIV; AIDS
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910202 Human Capital Issues
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.26.2.474
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5984

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