Structures and Functions of the Informal Sectors in Ghana

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Burchards, Eckehard (Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana)
Publication Date
  • E. Burchards, Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Branches of Economy, Services and Transport
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Trade, industry and markets
  • Abstract

    General and financial situation as well as problems of companies in the informal sector. Topics: region and land of origins; ethnic group affiliation; marital status; occupational activities of spouse; contribution of spouse to family income; number of children; education level; occupational activities before founding the business; knowledge necessary to run the business; manner of knowledge acquisition; reasons for migration; length of stay in Nima; type of business and location; type of goods or services offered; sources for goods and equipment; type of customers; length of business activity up to now; business established alone or type of take-over; help in founding the business; type of help received; problems in looking for support; changes in the size of the business; property situation at founding and present; preference for sole ownership; length of work week and business hours; sole ownership of furnishings and equipment of the business or amount of personal share; co-owners; amount of value of the furnishings and equipment as well as of the entire business; amount of monthly business expenses; amount of monthly profit as well as of personal income; credit possibilities and credit sources; amount of loan interest rates; personal granting of loans and type of borrower; amount of monthly loans and interest rates; planned business expansion; biggest problems expected with business expansion; interest in increased government support as well as preferred sort of support; preference for work for wages or self-employment; willingness to invest lottery winnings in the business as well as scope of such an investment; effect of such an investment on hiring of workers; preferred use of a lottery prize otherwise; measures undertaken to improve business; number of people employed in the business as well as detailed demographic information on them.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Greater Accra (GH-AA)
    Nima and Mamobi (Accra), Ghana
Sampled Universe
Companies in the informal sector.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Area sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 460
    Number of Variables: 69
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5006 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Burchards, Eckehard: Strukturen und Funktionen des informellen Sektors in Ghana. Hamburg: Institut für Afrika-Kunde 1983. (Arbeiten aus dem Institut für Afrika-Kunde, 44)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22