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Government Procurement and the Growth of Small Firms

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I estimate the causal effects of demand shocks, stemming from government procurement, on the growth of small firms in Ecuador. I assemble a unique dataset using several new administrative sources and, as identification strategy, exploit a governmental procurement process that allocates public contracts through a randomized contest. This paper provides three main contributions to the literature. First, it shows the positive and significant effect of demand shocks on firm growth. On average, an increase in demand of 10% will increase wage expenses by 4% and fixed assets by 5% during the year of the shock. Second, it finds no evidence of spill-over effects from demand shocks on sales to the public or private sector. Finally, as in other studies, it is shown that demand positively impacts firm growth but, contrary to other findings, this effect is temporary and only observed during the year of the shock.

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  • Fadic, Milenko, 2018. "Government Procurement and the Growth of Small Firms," MPRA Paper 87015, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Evguenia Bessonova, 2019. "Firms' Efficiency, Exits and Government procurement contracts," Bank of Russia Working Paper Series wps49, Bank of Russia.
    2. Bernard Hoekman & Marco Sanfilippo, 2020. "Foreign participation in public procurement and firm performance: evidence from sub-Saharan Africa," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 156(1), pages 41-73, February.

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    Keywords

    Demand Shocks; firm growth; public procurement;
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    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement

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