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Impact Evaluation of SME Programs in Latin America and Caribbean - The World Bank Group

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, November 14, 2011
January 2010

This report is the product of a research project rigorously evaluating the net impacts of participation in small and medium enterprise (SME) programs in four Latin American countries-Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The objective of the research was to determine which SME programs improve firm performance, and to gain insights into why some programs may be more effective than others.

To this end, the research team worked closely with national statistics offices in each of the four countries to develop firm-level panel data on program beneficiaries and a comparison group of non-program participants with similar firm attributes. The research team adopted a common analytic approach to ensure comparability of findings across countries. This drew upon methodologies
used in recent impact evaluation studies of SME programs in high income and developing countries (reviewed in Chapter 2) to address issues of selection bias from program participation. The analysis also extended evaluation methodologies in several new directions: to accommodate the presence of multiple treatment cohorts and participation in multiple SME programs, to estimate the effects over
time of impacts from program participation, and to test the sensitivity of impact estimates to firm exit.

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Tags:  Access to Finance  impact evaluation  Latin America  sector publication  SME 

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