Latin American and Caribbean Enterprise Survey

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Jan 2016
LACES is a comprehensive and internationally comparable firm level dataset covering 14 Caribbean territories. The dataset records firm level behavior related to a variety of aspects such as: sales, supplies, foreign trade and competition, innovation, conflict resolution, crime prevention, business environment and government relations, labour and skills, financing, performance, among others. The dataset uses the World Bank Enterprise Survey methodology. Until 2011, the region did not have a firm-level, internationally comparable data that could shed light on the variables that affect productivity. Compete Caribbean funded a Caribbean Enterprise and Indicator Survey that was conducted as part of the World Bank's 2010 Latin American and Caribbean Enterpise Survey (LACES) to fill this gap. The LACES and the PROTEqIN surveys share the bulk of the questions. Both datasets together comprise more than 4000 observations. These datasets are complemented by the FINGEN data, which registers finance and gender characteristics at the firm level.