Supporting SMEs to Become Successful Exporters through Good Exporting Practices in Argentina
Last registered on November 20, 2018

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Supporting SMEs to Become Successful Exporters through Good Exporting Practices in Argentina
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002784
Initial registration date
March 27, 2018
Last updated
November 20, 2018 9:11 AM EST
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Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2017-01-02
End date
2020-09-30
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Abstract
The Good Exporting Practices program in Argentina aims to increase the success in the foreign markets of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through supporting better practices in 7 core areas: i) strategy, ii) identification and segmentation of markets, iii) design and adaptation of the product, iv) production, v) communication, vi) distribution, and vii) administration. The Good Exporting Practices program targets firms that produce differentiated food products in various geographical regions in Argentina. This evaluation aims to implement a randomly controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate an innovative export program based on provision of: i) information about current export business practices relative to good practices through an in-depth diagnostic; ii) provision of a specific support through consultant to fill the gaps identified by the diagnostic. This impact evaluation seeks to address the question of whether the adoption of good exporting practices leads to better export performance. The evidence from this evaluation will be crucial to export promotion agencies, but also to Governments interested in supporting the diversification of their economies and promoting the entry of SMEs into export markets.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Llamas, Santiago. 2018. "Supporting SMEs to Become Successful Exporters through Good Exporting Practices in Argentina." AEA RCT Registry. November 20. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2784/history/37598
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The two interventions or treatments are:
i) An evaluation (referred to as “diagnostic”) of the firm’s management practices oriented towards entering foreign markets. This includes analyzing 7 areas of practices: i) strategy, ii) identification and segmentation of markets, iii) design and adaptation of the product, iv) production, v) communication, vi) distribution, and vii) administration. The diagnostic will be performed by specialists in export promotion, commercialization, design, quality, and strategy. The specialist will spend approximately a month studying the firm part-time to assess whether the management practices oriented towards entering foreign markets are sufficient to develop an exporting business model. The results of the diagnostic will be informed to the firms once finished.
ii) Out of the firms that receive the diagnostic, a sub-group will be randomly selected to receive another intervention (referred to as “technical assistance”). The technical assistance consists on a training program designed to inform and assist firms on implementation of important factors that play a significant part on successfully exporting, such as international standards of quality and information on relevant markets. The diagnostic will be performed by specialists in export promotion, commercialization, design, quality, and strategy. The specialist will spend six months assisting the firm part-time to asses whether the management practices oriented towards entering foreign markets are sufficient to develop an exporting business model.

The number of firms that expressed interest in participating in the program is 213. Every firm will receive the diagnostic and a sub-group will be randomly selected to receive the technical assistance as well. This leaves us with two groups: first, a group that receives the diagnostic but does not receive technical assistance, and second, a group that receives both the diagnostic and technical assistance.
Intervention Start Date
2018-04-03
Intervention End Date
2018-12-21
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The evaluation aims at estimating the impact on multiple outcomes:
1. Adoption of export practices.
2. Increase in export performance.
3. Profits.
4. Overall sales.
5. Productivity.
6. Employment.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
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Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
To identify the differential effect of technical assistance, we randomly assigned technical assistance among all firms (recall that every firm receives the diagnostic).
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by a computer. The randomization was performed in front of public notary and all firms were invited.
Randomization Unit
Firms
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
213 firms
Sample size: planned number of observations
213 firms
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
107 firms with technical assistance, 106 firms without technical assistance
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
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