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Employment generation by small firms in Spain

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  • Paloma López-García

    ()
    (Banco de España)

  • Sergio Puente

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    (Banco de España)

  • Ángel Luis Gómez

    ()
    (Banco de España)

Abstract

Despite the relevance in terms of policy, we still know little in Spain about where and by whom jobs are created, and how that is affecting the size distribution of firms. The main innovation of this paper is to use a rich database that overcomes the problems encountered by other firm-level studies to shed some light on the employment generation of small firms in Spain. We find that small firms contribute to employment disproportionately across all sectors of the economy although the difference between their employment and job creation share is largest in the manufacturing sector. The job creators in that sector are both new and established firms whereas only new small firms outperform their larger counterparts in the service sector. The large annual job creation of the small firm size class is shifting the firm size distribution towards the very small production units, although not uniformly across industries of different technology intensity.

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Paper provided by Banco de Espa�a in its series Banco de Espa�a Occasional Papers with number 0903.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:bde:opaper:0903

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Keywords: Firm-level data; employment creation and destruction; and firm size distribution;

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  1. Daria Ciriaci & Pietro Moncada-Paterno-Castello & Peter Voigt, 2012. "Does size or age of innovative firms affect their growth persistence? Evidence from a panel of innovative Spanish firms," JRC-IPTS Working Papers, Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre JRC74052, Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre, revised Sep 2012.
  2. Daria Ciriaci & Pietro Moncada-Paternò-Castello & Peter Voigt, 2013. "Innovation and Job Creation: A sustainable relation?," JRC-IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre 2013-01, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre.

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