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The Evolution of the Distribution of Plant Size: Evidence from Luxemburg


  • Luisito Bertinelli


  • Olivier Cardi
  • Teoman Pamukçu
  • Eric Strobl


In a recent paper, [Cabral, L. M. B. and J. Mata, 2003, American Economic Review, 93, 1075–1090] using Portuguese manufacturing data have shown for the first time that the plant size distribution is significantly right-skewed at the early part of the life cycle and then changes to become more log-normal. Using a similar proxy for plant age we compare this stylised fact for both Luxembourg manufacturing and services. Use of plants’ true age, however, reveals that the size distribution reverses back towards right-skewness for very old plants. We confirm the finding that the right-skewness is likely driven by financial constraints. Copyright Springer 2006

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  • Luisito Bertinelli & Olivier Cardi & Teoman Pamukçu & Eric Strobl, 2006. "The Evolution of the Distribution of Plant Size: Evidence from Luxemburg," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 27(4), pages 301-311, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:27:y:2006:i:4:p:301-311
    DOI: 10.1007/s11187-005-8571-z

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    1. Sourafel Girma & David Greenaway & Katharine Wakelin, 2013. "Who Benefits from Foreign Direct Investment in the UK?," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 60(5), pages 560-574, November.
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    1. Saras Sarasvathy & Anil Menon & Graciela Kuechle, 2013. "Failing firms and successful entrepreneurs: serial entrepreneurship as a temporal portfolio," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 40(2), pages 417-434, February.
    2. Giulio Bottazzi & Angelo Secchi & Federico Tamagni, 2014. "Financial constraints and firm dynamics," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 99-116, January.

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    financial constraints; plant size distribution; F23; L11; L60;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General


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