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High-Growth Firms and Employment

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  • Paul Schreyer
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    This STI Working Paper deals with this group of rapidly expanding firms. It does so by placing the discussion into a context of entrepreneurship, arguing that there are two main aspects to this notion: one of business start-ups and market entry, and another one of innovation. Evidence is based on results from five OECD countries (Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden) as well as from Quebec (Canada). Each of these studies used a firm-level data set to identify high-growth firms and their differentiating characteristics. High-growth firms are those firms that rank first according to a measure that combines relative (percentage) and absolute rates of employment expansion. Despite considerable differences in the underlying data and some of the methodologies, number of common findings emerge: High-growth firms account for a disproportionately large part of gross jobs gained. Small firms exhibit higher net job creation rates than large firms do. At the same time, significant flows ... Les entreprises à forte croissance et l'emploi Ce rapport est consacré à la catégorie des entreprises qui connaissent une expansion rapide. Il commence par replacer le propos dans le contexte de l’entrepreneuriat, en partant du principe que la notion d’entreprise à forte croissance comporte principalement deux aspects : i) la création d’entreprise et l’entrée sur le marché ; et ii) l’innovation. Les chiffres présentés sont tirés des résultats d’études portant sur cinq pays Membres de l’OCDE (Allemagne, Espagne, Italie, Pays-Bas et Suède), ainsi que sur le Québec (Canada). Chacune de ces études s’appuie sur des séries de données recueillies auprès des entreprises afin de recenser celles qui ont une forte croissance et de mettre en évidence leurs caractéristiques distinctives. Les entreprises à forte croissance sont celles qui arrivent en tête du classement établi à partir d’une mesure combinée de la croissance relative(exprimée en pourcentage) et de la croissance absolue. En dépit de différences considérables entre les données de ...

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers with number 2000/3.

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    Date of creation: 30 May 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:oec:stiaaa:2000/3-en

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