On the irreconcilability of Pareto and Gibrat laws
AbstractIf business firms face a multiplicative growth process in which their growth rates are Laplace distributed and independent from their sizes, the size cannot be distributed according to a stationary Pareto distribution. Recent contributions, using formal arguments, seem to contrast with these statements. We prove that the proposed formal results are wrong.
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Firm growth; Gibrat’s law; Power law distribution; Laplace distribution;
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