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The exponential age distribution and the Pareto firm size distribution

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  • Alex Coad

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    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

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Recent work drawing on data for large and small firms has shown a Pareto distribution of firm size. We mix a Gibrat-type growth process among incumbents with an exponential distribution of firm's age, to obtain the empirical Pareto distribution.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-072.

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Date of creation: 24 Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-072

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Keywords: Firm size distribution; Firm growth; Gibrat's Law; Pareto distribution; Zipf Law;

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  1. Coad, Alex, 2010. "Investigating the exponential age distribution of firms," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 4(17), pages 1-30.
  2. Coad, Alex & Segarra Blasco, Agustí, 1958- & Teruel, Mercedes, 2013. "Innovation and firm growth: Does firm age play a role?," Working Papers 2072/211886, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  3. Martin Andersson & Börje Johansson, 2012. "Heterogeneous Distributions of Firms Sustained by Innovation Dynamics—A Model with Empirical Illustrations and Analysis," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 239-263, June.
  4. Y. Malevergne & A. Saichev & D. Sornette, 2010. "Zipf's law and maximum sustainable growth," Papers 1012.0199, arXiv.org.

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