The Catch-22 of External Validity in the Context of Constraints to Firm Growth
There is a disconnect between academic economists’ search for individual mechanisms that constrain firm growth and the more complex reality facing firms and policymakers aiming to alleviate these constraints. The comprehensive, some would say scattershot, approaches that are common in practice are considered challenging for evaluators because of the difficulty in identifying any particular causal mechanism. More targeted attempts to improve business performance typically generate mixed performance (McKenzie and Woodruff 2012) or do not seem to scale either in the market or with public support.
With that in mind, we partnered with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), a leading Philippine business school, to launch a classbased program that had MBA students providing consulting services for local small and medium enterprises.