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A stochastic model of firm growth


  • Bottazzi, Giulio
  • Secchi, Angelo


Recently from analyses on different databases the tent-shape of the distribution of firm growth rates has emerged as a robust and universal characteristic of the time evolution of corporates. We add new evidence on this topic and we present a new stochastic model that, under rather general assumptions, provides a robust explanation for the observed regularity.

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  • Bottazzi, Giulio & Secchi, Angelo, 2003. "A stochastic model of firm growth," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 324(1), pages 213-219.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:324:y:2003:i:1:p:213-219 DOI: 10.1016/S0378-4371(02)01889-7

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