Determinants of Technical Efficiency in Small Firms

Determinants of Technical Efficiency in Small Firms There is evidence that small firms are less productive than larger ones. This phenomenon could be explained by several factors. In this paper, using plant survey data and non-parametric deterministic frontier methodology, we explore what factors can explain the observed differences in technical efficiency. In the case of Chilean manufacturing firms, we found that efficiency is positively associated with the experience of workers, modernization of physical capital and innovation in products. In contrast, other variables such as outward orientation, owner education and participation in some public programs do not affect the efficiency of the firms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Business Economics Springer Journals

Determinants of Technical Efficiency in Small Firms

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Business and Management; Management; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
ISSN
0921-898X
eISSN
1573-0913
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1022804419183
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Abstract

There is evidence that small firms are less productive than larger ones. This phenomenon could be explained by several factors. In this paper, using plant survey data and non-parametric deterministic frontier methodology, we explore what factors can explain the observed differences in technical efficiency. In the case of Chilean manufacturing firms, we found that efficiency is positively associated with the experience of workers, modernization of physical capital and innovation in products. In contrast, other variables such as outward orientation, owner education and participation in some public programs do not affect the efficiency of the firms.

Journal

Small Business EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 11, 2004

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