Entrepreneurial Saving Practices and Business Investment: Theory and Evidence from Tanzanian MSEs

T.H.L. Beck, H. Pamuk, R.B. Uras

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Abstract

What is the relationship between entrepreneurs' saving practices and their investment decisions? We present a simply stylized model that shows that entrepreneur's business investment decision depends on the efficiency of her saving practice, in addition to the productivity, liquidity needs, and the borrowing capacity of the entrepreneurial firm. Utilizing a novel micro & small enterprise survey from Tanzania we test the empirical implications of this stylized model. We find that (1) saving for business purposes and entrepreneurial earnings reinvestment are positively related, and (2) the practice of saving in a deposit account of a formal financial institution is more likely to
foster reinvestment compared to the practice of keeping savings within the household. We also show that the negative impact of saving within-household on investment is more pronounced for life-style entrepreneurs; and also for family members with inherently low intra-household bargaining power - such as females and non-head household members. Our work contributes to the recent debate on the implications of saving instruments in developing countries, and suggests within-household saving practice as a bottleneck to microenterprise performance.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherTilburg University
Number of pages31
VolumeFebruary 2014
StatePublished - 11 Feb 2014

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NameDFID Working Paper

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Entrepreneurs
Business investment
Investment decision
Household
Household saving
Bargaining power
Lifestyle
Developing countries
Productivity
Tanzania
Deposits
Entrepreneurial firms
Borrowing
Small enterprises
Micro-enterprises
Liquidity
Financial institutions
Intra-household bargaining
Savings

Keywords

  • micro- and small enterprises
  • savings
  • reinvestment
  • Tanzania

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Beck, T. H. L., Pamuk, H., & Uras, R. B. (2014). Entrepreneurial Saving Practices and Business Investment: Theory and Evidence from Tanzanian MSEs. (DFID Working Paper). Tilburg: Tilburg University.
Beck, T.H.L. ; Pamuk, H. ; Uras, R.B./ Entrepreneurial Saving Practices and Business Investment : Theory and Evidence from Tanzanian MSEs. Tilburg : Tilburg University, 2014. (DFID Working Paper).
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Tilburg : Tilburg University, 2014. (DFID Working Paper).

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