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Testing Gibrat’s Law: Empirical Evidence from a Panel of Portuguese Manufacturing Firms

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  • Blandina Oliveira

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    (ESTG, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria)

  • Adelino Fortunato

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    (GEMF and Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to use Dynamic Panel Data (DPD) models to see if Gibrat’s law holds and to analyse the empirical determinants of firm growth. This paper makes significant contributions to the empirical literature on the dynamics of firm growth, since it updates the work carried out by previous researchers in this field using micro panel data and GMM estimators. To conduct this study we use an unbalanced panel of Portuguese manufacturing firms over the period from 1990 to 1999. The main implication of our findings is that firm growth is not quite random since there are some determinants which exert influence on firm growth.

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Paper provided by GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its series GEMF Working Papers with number 2003-07.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of the Economics of Business, 13(1): 65-81, 2006.
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Keywords: Firm growth; Gibrat’s law; Panel data; GMM estimators;

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