Business regulation and poor entrepreneurs in urban India
Microentrepreneurs are most familiar with government policy in the form of regulations such as municipal licences, sales tax, planning permissions and so on. What microentrepreneurs are subject to according to the statute book and what they are obliged to pay in practice are, however, often very different things. This article describes the results of a survey in a city in India looking into how slum-dwelling microentrepreneurs were affected by various pieces of government regulation. The article also asks to what extent taxes, fines and the confiscation of goods may be hindering the expansion of small business.