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The Number and the Size Distribution of Firms in Sweden and Other European Countries

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  • Johansson, Dan

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This study investigates changes in the number and the size distribution of firms in Sweden in the period 1968-1993. The number and the size distribution of Swedish firms are compared to the number and the size distribution of firms in eleven European countries. A decrease in the number of enterprises in the Swedish manufacturing industry is observed in all size classes and intermediate-sized (10-199 employees/firm) firms declined the most. Large differences are found in the number of firms between countries. Data indicate that Sweden has fewer small (10-99 employees/firm) and more large-sized (500+ employees/firm) firms than other European countries. However, we find no support for the standard claim that Sweden has fewer medium-sized (100-499 employees/firm) firms than other European countries.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 483.

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Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 1997
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0483

Note: Licentiate Dissertation in Economics, March 1997
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