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Gradually truncated log-normal in USA publicly traded firm size distribution

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  • Gupta, Hari M.
  • Campanha, José R.
  • de Aguiar, Daniela R.
  • Queiroz, Gabriel A.
  • Raheja, Charu G.

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We study the statistical distribution of firm size for USA and Brazilian publicly traded firms through the Zipf plot technique. Sale size is used to measure firm size. The Brazilian firm size distribution is given by a log-normal distribution without any adjustable parameter. However, we also need to consider different parameters of log-normal distribution for the largest firms in the distribution, which are mostly foreign firms. The log-normal distribution has to be gradually truncated after a certain critical value for USA firms. Therefore, the original hypothesis of proportional effect proposed by Gibrat is valid with some modification for very large firms. We also consider the possible mechanisms behind this distribution.

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  • Gupta, Hari M. & Campanha, José R. & de Aguiar, Daniela R. & Queiroz, Gabriel A. & Raheja, Charu G., 2007. "Gradually truncated log-normal in USA publicly traded firm size distribution," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 375(2), pages 643-650.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:375:y:2007:i:2:p:643-650
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2006.09.025
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    1. Hart, Oliver, 1995. "Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198288817.
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    1. Segarra, Agustí & Teruel, Mercedes, 2012. "An appraisal of firm size distribution: Does sample size matter?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 314-328.
    2. Gao, Baojun & Chan, Wai Kin (Victor) & Li, Hongyi, 2015. "On the increasing inequality in size distribution of China's listed companies," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 25-41.
    3. Cortés, Lina M. & Mora-Valencia, Andrés & Perote, Javier, 2017. "Measuring firm size distribution with semi-nonparametric densities," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 485(C), pages 35-47.
    4. Murat ATAN & Emre BOZDAĞ, 2011. "Avrupa Karbonatlı İçecekler Piyasasında Firma Büyüklüğü Ve Büyüklük Genişleme Oranı İlişkisi," Ekonomik Yaklasim, Ekonomik Yaklasim Association, vol. 22(80), pages 19-38.

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