With a little help from our friends: The Effectof USAID assistance on SME growth in a transition economy
Bah, E H.
Brada, J. C.
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Journal of Comparative Economics
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Bah, El-hadj, Brada, Josef C., and Yigit, Taner—With a little help from our friends: The effect of USAID assistance on SME growth in a transition economy Using survey data on Macedonian firms that participated in USAID programs providing technical and financial assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and on firms that did not, we estimate the effectiveness of such assistance in increasing the growth of employment in the assisted firms. We control for selection bias in program participation and use both kernel and caliper propensity score matching to estimate the excess growth of employment in assisted firms. We find that assistance programs raised employment growth by 16–20 percentage points in the first year after assistance and by 26–30 points by the third year. Journal of Comparative Economics xxx (xx) (2011) xxx–xxx. The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand; Arizona State University, PO Box 879801, Tempe, AZ 85287-9801, USA; Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Bul. Krste Misirkov, 2, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; FEASS, Bilkent University, Ankara 06800, Turkey. 2011 Association for Comparative Economic Studies Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Bah, E. H., Brada, J. C., & Yigit, T. (2011). With a little help from our friends: The effect of USAID assistance on SME growth in a transition economy. Journal of Comparative Economics, 39(2), 205-220.