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Channels of size adjustment and firm performance

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  • Breinlich, Holger
  • Niemann, Stefan
  • Solomon, Edna

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We use business register data for the United Kingdom to document the importance of the different channels that firms use to adjust their size. We show how the choice of adjustment channel impacts upon firm-level variables such as wages or productivity.

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  • Breinlich, Holger & Niemann, Stefan & Solomon, Edna, 2012. "Channels of size adjustment and firm performance," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(2), pages 202-206.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:2:p:202-206
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.02.020
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    Keywords

    Adjustment channels; Mergers and acquisitions; Greenfield investment; Investment; Employment;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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