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Job Creation and Job Destruction by Small Firms: An Empirical Investigation for the Dutch Manufacturing Sector

  • Broersma, Lourens
  • Gautier, Pieter

This paper studies the differences in behaviour of small and large firms, concerning job creation and job destruction, in the Dutch manufacturing sector over the period 1978-1991. We find that both job creation and job destruction rates are higher in small firms than in large ones. In addition, we found that the persistence of jobs created in slumps are much higher for small firms than for large firms. Persistence rates of job destruction are, however, less connected to the state of the business cycle and increase with firm size. More importantly, small firms seem to reallocate their jobs in a continuous way, as job turnover moves independent of the business cycle. Large firms, on the other hand, reallocate counter-cyclically. An obvious explanation for this phenomenon is that small firms are better equipped to adjust to shifts in economic circumstances. Large firms adjust only slowly and for them reallocating jobs in a recession is more advantageous than in a boom. Copyright 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Small Business Economics.

Volume (Year): 9 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 211-24

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Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:9:y:1997:i:3:p:211-24
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