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Firm Size Distribution and the Survival Bias

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  • Antonio Palestrini

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In this work, using the simple Kesten's process, I investigate the survival bias of the firm size distribution selecting a cohort of surviving firms. This work shows that the modified Kesten's process - in which firms exit when their size (measured as equity) cross the barrier (go bankrupt) - produces a limit distribution of the cohort more symmetric. This result provides a benchmark at comparing the distribution produced by economic models studying surviving firms.

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  • Antonio Palestrini, 2015. "Firm Size Distribution and the Survival Bias," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(3), pages 1630-1637.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-14-00576
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    Keywords

    Firms' size distribution; multiplicative processes; survival bias.;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution

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