SME Policy and Firms’ Productivity in Latin America

43 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2009

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Pablo Ibarraran

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alessandro Maffioli

Inter-American Development Bank; University of Insubria

Rodolfo Stucchi

InterAmerican 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.

Keywords: SMEs, SME policy, productivity, Latin America

JEL Classification: D24, L53, L60, O38, O54

Suggested Citation

Ibarraran, Pablo and Maffioli, Alessandro and Stucchi, Rodolfo, SME Policy and Firms’ Productivity in Latin America. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4486. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1493862

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Alessandro Maffioli

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Rodolfo Stucchi

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