Funding for this research was provided by:
African Economic Research Consortium (RT15526, RT15526)
Received: 5 November 2017
Accepted: 26 September 2018
First Online: 12 October 2018
: Dr. Ibrahim Mike Okumu is an academic with research interest in public finance, informal economy, inequality, economic growth, economic development and public sector governance. His research experience has involved understanding the integral role of an effectively functioning public sector on private sector development, quality of public expenditure, tax evasion, informal economy and income inequality. My research output has appeared in among others <i>South African Journal of Economics</i>, <i>Journal of Entrepreneurship</i>, <i>Management and Sustainable Development</i> and <i>African Journal of Economic review</i>. I am currently using World Bank Enterprise Survey to write different papers about the response of firms to the business environment in Africa. On the other hand, Dr. Okumu is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Economics, Makerere University. He is also an associate researcher at the Economic Policy Research Center, Makerere University, and a research affiliate of the Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis, University of St Andrews. Dr. Okumu holds a PhD in Economics of the University of St Andrews (UK), MA Economics of McMaster University (Canada) and BA Economics of Makerere University (Uganda).Dr. Faisal Buyinza is a senior lecturer at the School of Economics, Makerere University. Dr. Buyinza holds a PhD from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; MA Economics of the University of Dar es-Salaam-Tanzania; and BA Economics of Makerere University, Uganda.
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