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Received: 6 August 2018
Accepted: 13 February 2019
First Online: 5 March 2019
: 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> 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. Otherwise, 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 (United Kingdom), MA Economics of McMaster University (Canada) and BA Economics of Makerere University (Uganda).Edward Bbaale is an Associate Professor of Economics and holds a PhD in Economics, M.A. Economic Policy and Planning and B.A. Economics among other qualifications. Edward is also currently the Dean of the School of Economics, Makerere University. At national level, he has coordinated a number of projects aimed at informed policy making, formulation, analysis and advocacy. Edward has written over 20 papers, published in peer reviewed journals, using survey data obtained from secondary sources (especially the World Bank Enterprise Surveys, UNIDO data sets, UDHS, UNHS among others) and from own primary survey undertaken on enterprises across the country. Edward, therefore, has very rich hands on experience in handling huge survey data sets. At a macro level, Edward has undertaken cross-country studies. One of his papers that used enterprise data, published in the African Journal of Economics and Management Sciences, was voted as a Highly Commended Award Winner at Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 (ExternalRef removed). In addition to enterprise surveys, Edward has also undertaken several household surveys that resulted into various consultancy reports and papers.Madina Mwagale Guloba is a development economist, with a PhD and Masters of Arts in Economics from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under the Collaborative Postgraduate Programme of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi-Kenya. Madina is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC). She has more than nine years of research experience in which she has worked on several projects and published in the field of development economics, gender, climate change, education, environment, natural resources and labour markets. Madina is a member of the International Association of Feminist Economist (IAFFE), AERC alumni, member of the National Advisory Committee on Monitoring and Evaluation and member of the Evaluations Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the Uganda Statistical Society.
: Prof. Edward Bbaale and Dr. Madina Mwagale Guloba (my co-authors) and I wish to categorically state that we have no competing interests whether financial or non-financial regarding our paper titled: Innovation and employment growth: evidence from manufacturing firms in Africa.
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