Obstacles of Doing Business in Province of Zanjan

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Research Assistant Professor in Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Shahid Chamran University, Ahwaz, Iran

2 Research Assistant Professor in Development Studies Institude of Jahad-e Daneshgahi, Tehran, Iran

3 Researcher in Development Studies Institude of Jahad-e Daneshgahi, Tehran, Iran


This paper aims to investigate obstacles of doing business in province of Zanjan. For this purpose, three complementary methods are used: first, surveying the business environment from the businessmen’s perspectives, using "Enterprise Survey" questionary; second, studying realized indices of business environment; and third, evaluating investors’ complaints submitted to Investment Committee of Province. Results indicate that existence of land opponents; complicatedness of dealing with permits; difficulty of getting credit; disputes between business owners and authorities of social security organization; and irregular import of Chinese products are the main obstacles of investment in zanjan.
JEL Classification: D23 and R58.


Volume 48, Issue 3 - Serial Number 3
December 2014
Pages 129-147
  • Receive Date: 04 March 2012
  • Revise Date: 18 December 2013
  • Accept Date: 01 October 2013
  • First Publish Date: 22 November 2013