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Firm Growth: A Survey

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  • Alexander Coad

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We survey the phenomenon of the growth of firms drawing on literature from economics, management, and sociology. We begin with a review of empirical 'stylised facts’ before discussing theoretical contributions. Firm growth is characterized by a predominant stochastic element, making it difficult to predict. Indeed, previous empirical research into the determinants of firm growth has had a limited success. We also observe that theoretical propositions concerning the growth of firms are often amiss. We conclude that progress in this area requires solid empirical work, perhaps making use of novel statistical techniques.

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Paper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Papers on Economics and Evolution with number 2007-03.

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Keywords: Firm Growth; Size Distribution; Growth Rates Distribution; Gibrat’s Law; Theory of the Firm; Diversification; 'Stages of Growth’ models Length 73 pages;

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  1. Henrekson, Magnus & Johansson, Dan, 2008. "Gazelles as Job Creators – A Survey and Interpretation of the Evidence," Working Paper Series, Research Institute of Industrial Economics 733, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  2. Alexander Coad, 2008. "Distance to Frontier and Appropriate Business Strategy," Papers on Economics and Evolution, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography 2008-07, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  3. Colombelli, Alessandra & Haned, Naciba & Le Bas, Christian, 2013. "On firm growth and innovation: Some new empirical perspectives using French CIS (1992–2004)," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 14-26.
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  5. Giulio Bottazzi & Alex Coad & Nadia Jacoby & Angelo Secchi, 2005. "Corporate Growth and Industrial Dynamics: Evidence from French Manufacturing," LEM Papers Series, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy 2005/21, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  6. Deschryvere, Matthias, 2008. "High Growth Firms and Job Creation in Finland," Discussion Papers, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy 1144, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
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  8. A. Arrighetti & A. Ninni, 2009. "Firm size and growth opportunities: a survey," Economics Department Working Papers, Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy) 2009-EP05, Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy).
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  11. Greene, Francis, 2012. "Should the focus of publicly provided small business assistance be on start-ups or growth businesses?," Occasional Papers 12/2, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.
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