. Summary: Previous research has shown that small firms in poor countries achieve high marginal returns to capital but show low reinvestment rates. We investigate whether transfers motivated by risk sharing and forced redistribution can explain this pattern and may therefore hamper private sector development. The idea is that the more redistribution distorts the fairness of insurance, the more potentially successful entrepreneurs may be hindered to undertake profitable investments. The empirical results based on a sample of small firms operating in Burkina Faso support the main propositions of this paper.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2016.07.002, hdl.handle.net/1765/94135
Journal of Comparative Economics
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Grimm, M., Hartwig, R., & Lay, J. (2015). Does forced solidarity hamper investment in small and micro enterprises?. Journal of Comparative Economics. doi:10.1016/j.jce.2016.07.002