Regional Project on Enterprise Development & Ghana Manufacturing Enterprise Survey, Rounds I–VII (12 years: 1992-2003)


This data is made available by the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford.

Permission for use of the data for academic research is given by the Centre. We would ask that the use of the data and its source be acknowledged.

We would also ask that the financing for the surveys from the Overseas Development Administration (now the Department for International Development) be acknowledged.


This dataset contains comprehensive data from a panel survey of firms operating within the Ghanaian manufacturing sector. It covers 12 years of data, collected in seven rounds over the period 1992 to 2003. Rounds I–III are annual surveys collected under the Regional Program on Enterprise Development (RPED) organised by the World Bank. Rounds IV-VI cover two years each. Round VII covers three years.

The data was collected by a joint effort of the following organisations: the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), the University of Oxford, the University of Ghana, Legon and the Ghana Statistical Office.

The original sample of 200 firms, which were first surveyed in 1992, was drawn on a random basis from firms contained in the 1987 Census of Manufacturing Activities. The firms constituted a panel which was intended to be broadly representative of the size distribution of firms across the major sectors of Ghana’s manufacturing industry. These sectors include food processing, textiles and garments, wood products and furniture, metal products and machinery.

Earlier version of the dataset (rounds I-V)