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Do Regional Investment Grants Improve Firm Performance?

PublikationArtikel (med peer review)
Företagandets villkor, Mattias Ankarhem, Niklas Rudholm, Performance, Shahiduzzaman Quoreshi, Subventioner, Sven-Olov Daunfeldt

Sammanfattning

The effect of Swedish regional investment grants during 1990-1999 on firm performance, in terms of returns on equity and number of employees, were studied using a propensity-score matching-method to control for sample selection. Firms that received grants did not perform better in terms of returns on equity when compared to matched firms in the control group. In most years, recipient firms also did not hire more employees. The results thus cast doubt on the use of regional investment grants as a general policy instrument to improve firm performance.

Ankarheim, M., Daunfeldt, S-O., Quoreshi S. & Rudholm, N. (2010). ”Do Regional Investment Grants Improve Firm Performance? Evidence from Sweden”.Technology and Investments, 1(3): 221-227.


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2019

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Ratio Working Paper

Sammanfattning

This paper examines the role of wholesale firms as facilitators of exports for small and medium-sized Swedish businesses. Our findings suggest that wholesale firms do facilitate access to difficult markets located outside Europe. For exports of a particular good to a given market, we observe a positive correlation between the export volumes of wholesale and manufacturing firms. Finally, we present evidence that supports a prediction from recent trade models with differentiated firms, namely that wholesale firms can facilitate exports for firms that are not themselves capable of direct exports.

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Publiceringsår

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Sammanfattning

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Artikel (med peer review)Publikation
Öberg, C.
Publiceringsår

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Sammanfattning

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