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Firm size and firm growth rate distributions--The case of Denmark

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  • Toke Reichstein
  • Morten Berg Jensen

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There has been a recent renewed interest in the study of firm size distributions and firm growth rate distributions. Gibrat's law assumes firm growth rates are independent and identically distributed and that size is determined by a first-order integrated process, leaving the size distribution log-normal. This article analyzes these distribution patterns in an empirical context, questioning the foundation of this model. In a cross-section analysis of four industries using Danish data, we show that the foundation and the outcome of Gibrat's law are empirically far-fetched. In particular, significant deviations from normality are found. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 14 (2005)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1145-1166

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:14:y:2005:i:6:p:1145-1166

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  1. Marco Capasso & Elena Cefis & Koen Frenken, 2009. "Do Some Firms Persistently Outperform ?," LEM Papers Series 2009/15, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  2. Segarra, Agustí & Teruel, Mercedes, 2012. "An appraisal of firm size distribution: Does sample size matter?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 314-328.
  3. Ram�n Rufín & Cayetano Medina, 2008. "Market delimitation, firm survival and growth in service industries," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(9), pages 1401-1417, September.
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  5. Toke Reichstein & Michael Dahl & Bernd Ebersberger & Morten Jensen, 2010. "The devil dwells in the tails," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 219-231, April.
  6. Nanditha Mathew, 2012. "Drivers of Firm Growth: Micro-evidence from Indian Manufacturing," LEM Papers Series 2012/24, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  7. repec:hal:journl:halshs-00155762 is not listed on IDEAS
  8. Matthias Duschl & Thomas Brenner, 2011. "Characteristics of Regional Industry-specific Employment Growth – Empirical Evidence for Germany," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2011-07, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  9. Marco Capasso & Elena Cefis & Alessandro Sapio, 2013. "Reconciling quantile autoregressions of firm size and variance–size scaling," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 609-632, October.

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