The effect of innovation policy on SMEs’ employment and wages in Argentina

The effect of innovation policy on SMEs’ employment and wages in Argentina This article evaluates the effect of the Argentinean Support Program for Organizational Change on employment and wages. The program aimed at increasing small and medium-sized enterprises’ competitiveness by co-financing technical assistance to support process and product innovation activities. Although employment is not usually the main objective of these types of programs, they are always implemented assuming that they create—or at least do not destroy—employment opportunities. We use a unique data set with information for the population of firms in Argentina from 1996 to 2008 to test this important assumption. Using a combination of fixed effects and matching, we find that both process and product innovation support increased employment and wages, with a higher impact on employment. In addition, we find that product innovation support had a larger effect on wages than process innovation support. Small Business Economics Springer Journals

The effect of innovation policy on SMEs’ employment and wages in Argentina

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Economics / Management Science; Management/Business for Professionals; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
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