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Government Technical Assistance Programs* And Plant Survival: The Role Of Plant Ownership Type

  • Ron Jarmin

This paper compares the survival rates of plants participating in manufacturing extension programs to nonparticipating plants. Participating plants receive technical and business assistance from one of a nationwide network of extension centers intended to assist smaller manufacturers. Results suggest that plant survival is related to plant size, age, productivity, capital intensity and ownership type. Importantly, the impact of extension services differs across ownership types. Participating in extension increases the probability of survival for single unit plants, but not for multi units. This result is consistent with the notion that single unit plants have less access to information on new technologies and would, therefore, benefit more from technical assistance programs such as manufacturing extension.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 99-2.

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Date of creation: Feb 1999
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