Archived — Occasional Paper Number 26—SMEs, Exports and Job Creation: A Firm Level Analysis. December 2000
Strategic Policy Sector
Economic Research and Policy Analysis Branch
This paper focuses on the role of firm-specific factors in the export performance of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and investigates the importance of export activities for new job creation in SMEs. It finds that the most important determinants of export performance of SMEs are R&D, access to distribution channels, the proportion of scientists and engineers in the workforce, volume of imports, and firm size. Further, SMEs experiencing export expansion are more likely to have increased employment. This relationship is stronger in small firms than in medium sized firms, but weaker for firms in industries with higher levels of R&D and human capital than in those with lower levels of R&D and human capital.
Catalogue number: C21-23/26-2000
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