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Some evidence about the evolution of the size distribution of Italian firms by age

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  • Pasquale Cirillo

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In this short note we are interested in the distribution of Italian firm size by age. In the wake of other recent work, such as Cabral and Mata (2003) [On the evolution of firm size distribution: facts and theory. American Economic Review 93, 1075-1090] for Portuguese companies, we aim to verify if the size distribution of young firms (less than 5 years old) is sensibly different from that of older firms (more than 30 years old). To perform our analysis we use a very comprehensive industrial panel, with about 25k firms for twenty years of observations. As far as the results are concerned, it is possible to verify a clear difference in the size distribution of firms by age, for which we give a good fit using the generalized beta distribution of the second kind.

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  • Pasquale Cirillo, 2009. "Some evidence about the evolution of the size distribution of Italian firms by age," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(3), pages 1723-1730.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00127
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    1. Andrea Caggese & Vicente Cunat, 2013. "Financing Constraints, Firm Dynamics, Export Decisions, and Aggregate Productivity," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 16(1), pages 177-193, January.

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    Keywords

    firms' size distribution; generalized beta of the second kind; firms' age; empirical laws;

    JEL classification:

    • C4 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution

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