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Economic surveys

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'Competitive' is one of the EBRD's six transition qualities

The EBRD undertakes surveys in a number of areas that are related to its operational activities and where the findings are critical for its understanding of transition.

Most of these projects are funded in part by external donors and implemented in partnerships with other institutions.

The EBRD is committed to make survey data available publicly, subject to confidentiality concerns and agreement with our partners.


The EBRD-World Bank Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS)

The EBRD is implementing the Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS) in partnership with the World Bank. Five rounds of the survey have so far been implemented (1999, 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2012-14). Furthermore, to set a benchmark for the transition countries, a survey of comparator countries was conducted in 2004-2005 covering Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain and Vietnam.

BEEPS has been supported by various donors over time, including Vneshekonombank, the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean cooperation funds account (BEEPS V), the Taiwan Business - EBRD TC Fund, EBRD - Canadian Technical Cooperation Fund 2006-2009 (BEEPS IV) and the Japan Europe Cooperation Fund and the Multi-donor Fund for the Early Transition Countries (BEEPS III).

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Life in Transition Survey

The purpose of this survey, conducted jointly with the World Bank, is to assess the impact of transition on people, through their personal and professional trajectories since the start of transition and to understand how these personal experiences of transition relate to contemporaneous attitudes towards market reforms and political evolution. The EBRD has carried out three such surveys: one in 2006, one in 2010 and one in 2016. The most recent polled 51,000 households in 34 countries, mainly “transition countries”, as well as Turkey and some of western neighbours like Germany and Italy.Donors include Canada, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

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Banking Environment and Performance Survey

Last round of EBRD Banking Environment and Performance Survey (BEPS) was conducted on a random sample of banks in 32 countries (all transition countries except Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) in 2007 and 2010. A common questionnaire, translated into each local language, was presented to a senior bank officer in an interview. 611 banks responded to the questionnaire.

The survey responses obtain detailed data on the credit and deposit activities of the banks in greater detail than available from the balance sheet and the other business activities of the bank. In addition, senior management was asked about their use of risk management techniques and their perceptions of the security rights of lenders, bankruptcy law and its application and effectiveness of government regulatory policy. Results from this survey can not be made available because the confidentially agreement with the banks. However, some of the analysis using BEPS can be found in the Transition Report 2016-17.

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Management, Organisation and Innovation (MOI) Survey

The EBRD implemented the Management, Organisation and Innovation (MOI) Survey in partnership with the World Bank in 2008 and 2009, in conjunction with BEEPS IV. The MOI survey is based on the work of Nick Bloom and John Van Reenen. The purpose of this survey is to measure and compare management practices across countries, to assess the constraints to private sector growth and enterprise performance resulting from management practices and to stimulate policy dialogue on the management practices and innovation. Almost 1,800 manufacturing establishments were interviewed in 10 transition countries (Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan), Germany and India.

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