Cross-Sectional Profitability of Namibian Formal Small-Scale Mining Firms in 1990
Posted: 29 Sep 2003
Namibia considers formal small-scale mining firms (FSSMFs) as an important part of the solution to the problems of high unemployment, poverty, and the diminishing role of large-scale mining firms facing the country. However, to be a solution FSSMFs must be profitable first. This paper examines and presents simple estimates and tests of the probability of 25 Namibian SSMFs being profitable. The results suggest that in terms of productivity, specialization, size, and structure, small is not as beautiful as generally presented. The findings recommend capital formation and competitive diversification of production and products.
JEL Classification: C5; D2; D4; L2; L7; Q4; O55
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