Productivity of Portuguese Cooperatives

In many countries and industries, cooperatives constitute a significant share of activity. Despite this widespread presence, there is little evidence on the merits of this organizational form with respect to productive efficiency relative to the more dominant way of organizing production through investor-owned firms. In this paper, we contribute towards answering the long-standing question of whether… Continue reading Productivity of Portuguese Cooperatives

Innovations in digital government as business facilitators: International Evidence and implications for Portugal

Administrative and regulatory burden reduction has become a priority to improve governmental efficiency and economic competitiveness. Innovations in government through Information Communication Technologies are seen as key tools in designing policies to achieve those goals. Although Portugal has been improving in the business environment and electronic government development indicators and considered a top reformer in… Continue reading Innovations in digital government as business facilitators: International Evidence and implications for Portugal

Open innovation in Portuguese firms

There are increasing open innovation trends threatening, but also creating opportunities to Portuguese firms. Open innovation includes the systematic encouragement and exploration of a wide range of internal and external sources for innovative opportunities, the integration of this exploration with firm capabilities, and the exploitation of these opportunities through multiple channels. This study aims to… Continue reading Open innovation in Portuguese firms

Debt Financing and Internationalization of Portuguese SMEs

This paper examines the relationship between the capital structure of Portuguese small and medium enterprises(SMEs) and their export performance. The Portuguese industrial firms are of great importance for the domestic economy and played a significant role in the country’s economic recovery amid the recessionary environment of the last decade. Being smaller and privately owned, and… Continue reading Debt Financing and Internationalization of Portuguese SMEs

A Lower VAT Rate on Electricity in Portugal

In late 2011, Portugal increased the statutory VAT rate on electricity from 6% to 23% as part of the austerity plan under the country’s international bailout. Naturally, this austerity measure met with widespread concern for its potentially negative effects on both economic performance and social justice. Seven years after its introduction, the country is facing… Continue reading A Lower VAT Rate on Electricity in Portugal

Hiring older workers in Portugal

This paper asks why companies retain older workers while not hiring older workers in Portugal. The Portuguese case is particularly relevant to study this question, because the level of participation of older workers in the labor market is at least twice as high in Portugal when compared to European countries. Using unique matched employer-employee data… Continue reading Hiring older workers in Portugal

Socioeconomic determinants of forest fires in Portugal

A significant fraction of forest fires in Portugal has human origin, either because of negligence or unadjusted forest practices or as consequence of criminal actions. This paper studies the social and economic factors that may influence the occurrence and the extent of fires in Portugal. This question is particularly relevant considering the many fires occurring… Continue reading Socioeconomic determinants of forest fires in Portugal