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The Impact of Consulting Services on Small and Medium Enterprises: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in Mexico AgEcon
Bruhn, Miriam; Karlan, Dean S.; Schoar, Antoinette.
We test whether managerial human capital has a first order effect on the performance and growth of small enterprises in emerging markets. In a randomized control trial in Puebla, Mexico, we randomly assigned 150 out of 432 small and medium size enterprises to receive subsidized consulting services, while the remaining 267 enterprises served as a control group that did not receive any subsidized training. Treatment enterprises were matched with one of nine local consulting firms and met with their consultants once a week for four hours over a one year period. Results from a follow-up survey, conducted after the intervention, show that the consulting services had a large impact on the performance of the enterprises in the treatment group: monthly sales went...
Tipo: Working Paper Palavras-chave: Enterprise growth; Entrepreneurship; Managerial capital; Labor and Human Capital; D21; D24; L20; M13; O12.
Ano: 2012 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/121675
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The Investment Strategies of Sovereign Wealth Funds AgEcon
Bernstein, Shai; Lerner, Josh; Schoar, Antoinette.
This paper examines the direct private equity investment strategies across sovereign wealth funds and their relationship to the funds’ organizational structures. SWFs seem to engage in a form of trend chasing, since they are more likely to invest at home when domestic equity prices are higher, and invest abroad when foreign prices are higher. Funds see the industry P/E ratios of their home investments drop in the year after the investment, while they have a positive change in the year after their investments abroad. SWFs where politicians are involved have a much greater likelihood of investing at home than those where external managers are involved. At the same time, SWFs with external managers tend to invest in lower P/E industries, which see an increase...
Tipo: Working or Discussion Paper Palavras-chave: General Finance; Countries & Regions; Financial Services; Financial Economics; G11; G15.
Ano: 2009 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/50460
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