The Small and Medium Size Enterprises and the Middle Class Evidence of the Republic of Armenia

Authors

  • Lidia Davoyan PhD, Senior lecturer Department of Economic theory and the problems of transition economies Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Vahan Davoyan PhD, Financial Direktor Mega Studio CJSC Yerevan, Armenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14666/2194-7759-5-1-004

Keywords:

Small and medium enterprises (SME), Middle class, GDP per capita, Poverty and inequality, GINI Index, Gross national savings, Economic growth

Abstract

This paper analyzes the importance of small and medium enterprises (SME) development in the context of middle class enlargement in the Republic of Armenia (RA). The paper first describes the relationship between the relative size of the SME sector and the living standards by country groups classified by the income-based criterion of the World Bank. We then show that the shares of middle class and SMEs increase as countries grow richer and societies less unequal. We also found that despite some improvements in SMEs in RA for the last years its size remains still insignificant and the impediments restricted the future development of the sector are specified.

References

Ayyagari M, Beck T, Demirgüç-Kunt A (2005) Small and Medium Enterprises across the Globe: 36 - http://www.tilburguniversity.edu

Davoyan L, Davoyan V, Deepening of financial intermediation in the context of poverty and inequality reduction in Armenia// The collection of scientific works «Information Technologies and Management» (2), “The Encyclopedia- Armenika”, Yerevan, 2012: 117-126

Easterly W (2000). The Middle Class Consensus and Economic Development, The World Bank, Policy Research Working Paper # 2346 – www.worldbank.org

Solimano A (2008) The Middle Class and the Development Process p.1 - http://www.andressolimano.com

Published

2016-06-24

Issue

Section

Articles