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SME Policy and Firms’ Productivity in Latin America

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  • Ibarrarán, Pablo

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Maffioli, Alessandro

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Stucchi, Rodolfo

    ()
    (Inter-American Development Bank)

Abstract

Very little is known about the effectiveness of SME policies, and a careful look at the structure, mechanisms and incentives provided by these policies suggest caution in their implementation and, most importantly, the need to carefully and closely monitor their results. This paper relies on the microeconometric analysis of a homogeneous dataset of sixteen Latin American and Caribbean countries to analyze the magnitude and determinants of the productivity gap between large and SME firms and to simulate of the impact on productivity of various policy scenarios.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4486.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4486

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Keywords: SMEs; SME policy; productivity; Latin America;

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Cited by:
  1. Almeida, Rita K. & Aterido, Reyes, 2010. "The Investment in Job Training: Why Are SMEs Lagging So Much Behind?," IZA Discussion Papers 4981, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Almeida, Rita K. & Aterido, Reyes, 2010. "Investment in job training : why are SMES lagging so much behind ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5358, The World Bank.
  3. Schwalje, Wes, 2011. "The Prevalence and Impact of Skills Gaps on Latin America and the Caribbean," MPRA Paper 30247, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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