Ongoing Researches

Starting a business & trading across borders

We are looking into improving the Doing Business environment in Nepal in order to facilitate informal economy participants to participate in the formal economy thereby increasing their living standards. We are specifically looking into Nepal’s performance in two categories of the World Bank’s annual Doing Business Report:

  1. Starting a business, where we intend to decrease the number of procedures and time it takes to start a business and make it comparable to OECD level.
  2. Trading across borders, where we intend to reduce the number of documents and days to export from and import to Nepal

Reforming market exit procedures

We are studying policy provisions that deal with procedures for exiting the markets in Nepal. Our goal is to help make it easy for businesses to exit the market for the ease of exit facilitates entry as well.

Regulatory Reform in Transportation Services: Instating Free Competition

Following up on our previous studies on transportation syndicate (cartels) in Nepal and quantity and price control of taxis in Bagmati zone, we are studying further policy provisions that will help instate free competition in transport services.

Enterprise facilitation in Federal Nepal

We are studying  central and regional administration that will help us envision effective and economically sound (efficient) institutional structures in a Federal Nepal to facilitate enterprise building by making it easy to enter and exit the market. This study has a regional focus and looks specifically in the administration and institutional structures. About a dozen economic corridors are being considered for this currently which includes places like Birgunj, Hetauda, Chitwan, Butwal, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dharan, Biratnagar, etc.  The final output of this research activity will be two research papers providing recommendations on what will make for an effective and economically sound (efficient) institutional structure in a Federal Nepal to facilitate enterprise building by making it a) easy to enter and b) exit the market.