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The Impact of an Associative Strategy (the PROFO Program) on Small and Medium Enterprises in Chile

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The main objective of this article is to determine if associative strategies followed in Chile have had any impact on the enhancement of productive performance of Chilean SMEs firms. In order to do that, the estimate of the impact is approached using the benchmark given by Social Experiment but within the context of a `non-experimental' evaluation design. We conclude that these kinds of policies have been effective in increasing the productivity of the participating firms, and have also been efficient since they have achieved high social profits.

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  • Jose Miguel Benavente & Gustavo Crespi, 2003. "The Impact of an Associative Strategy (the PROFO Program) on Small and Medium Enterprises in Chile," SPRU Working Paper Series 88, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex.
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    1. Daniel Chudnovsky & Andrés López & Martín Rossi & Diego Ubfal, 2006. "Evaluating A Program of Public Funding of Private Innovation Activities. An Econometric Study of FONTAR in Argentina," OVE Working Papers 1606, Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE).
    2. José Miguel Benavente H., 2005. "Technological Innovation in Chile: Where we are and what can be Done," Journal Economía Chilena (The Chilean Economy), Central Bank of Chile, vol. 8(1), pages 53-77, April.
    3. Claudio A. Bonilla & Christian A. Cancino, 2011. "The Impact of the Seed Capital Program of SERCOTEC in Chile," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 61258, Inter-American Development Bank.
    4. Cardoza, Guillermo & Fornes, Gaston & Farber, Vanina & Gonzalez Duarte, Roberto & Ruiz Gutierrez, Jaime, 2016. "Barriers and public policies affecting the international expansion of Latin American SMEs: Evidence from Brazil, Colombia, and Peru," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 69(6), pages 2030-2039.
    5. World Bank, 2004. "Chile : New Economy Study, Volume 2. Background Documents," World Bank Other Operational Studies 14711, The World Bank.
    6. Giuliani, Elisa & Arza, Valeria, 2009. "What drives the formation of 'valuable' university-industry linkages?: Insights from the wine industry," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(6), pages 906-921, July.
    7. Claudio A. Bonilla & Christian A. Cancino, 2001. "El impacto del Programa de Capital Semilla del Sercotec en Chile," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 53658, Inter-American Development Bank.

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    Keywords

    program evaluation; associative strategies; SMEs; innovation; nonexperimental design;

    JEL classification:

    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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