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SMEs and economic growth in the Brazilian micro-regions

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  • T�lio A. Cravo

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This paper examines the relationship between the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector and economic growth for a panel of 508 Brazilian micro-regions for the period 1980-2004. It investigates the importance of the SME sector size measured by the share of the SME employment in total employment, and the level of human capital in the SME sector measured by the average years of schooling in SMEs. Furthermore, it examines how these aspects of SMEs influence growth in regions with dissimilar level of development. The empirical findings show that the presence of SMEs is not positively correlated with growth and SMEs' human capital is more important for growth in more developed regions. Copyright (c) 2010 the author(s). Papers in Regional Science (c) 2010 RSAI.

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Volume (Year): 89 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 711-734

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  1. Túlio Cravo & Guilherme Resende, 2013. "Economic growth in Brazil: a spatial filtering approach," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 50(2), pages 555-575, April.
  2. Guilherme Mendes Resende & Alexandre Xavier Ywata de Carvalho & Patrícia Alessandra Morita Sakowski, 2013. "Evaluating Multiple Spatial Dimensions of Economic Growth in Brazil Using Spatial Panel Data Models (1970 - 2000)," Discussion Papers, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA 1830a, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA.
  3. T√∫lio Cravo, 2011. "Regional Economic Growth and SMEs in Brazil: a Spatial Analysis (Submission for the Refereed Y-session Papers)," ERSA conference papers ersa10p508, European Regional Science Association.

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