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Firm Size and the Risk/Return Trade-off

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  • Lafrance, Amelie

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The topic of firm size and performance continues to spark the interest of researchers and policy-makers. Small and medium-sized enterprises receive much of the attention, as they have the potential to grow significantly. However, compared with their larger counterparts, these firms are more likely to fail and are therefore riskier. Is risk important in explaining differences in profitability across firm size classes? This study uses a longitudinal firm-level dataset to examine determinants of profitability by firm size, with an emphasis on risk, or the volatility in rates of return. It builds on previous research that found firms with 10 to 20 employees tend to be the most profitable.

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Paper provided by Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch in its series Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series with number 2013087e.

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Date of creation: 19 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp5e:2013087e

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Keywords: Business performance and ownership; Small and medium-sized businesses;

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