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Firm dynamics in manufacturing and services: a broken mirror?


  • Francesca Lotti


This article represents a first attempt in exploring firm dynamics in the service industry as a whole. A huge body of empirical literature is focused on manufacturing firms, while only recent contributions shed some light in selected services sectors. Using a unique data set from the Italian National Institute for Social Security (INPS), we compare the patterns of entry, growth, and survival performance of firms belonging to the manufacturing and to the service industry. It turns out that industry dynamics in services, in terms of stylized facts, seem to mirror the one in manufacturing. Moreover, the positive impact of firm size on survival is reduced when age is controlled for, suggesting the existence of a learning mechanism, more pronounced in manufacturing than in services. Copyright 2007 , Oxford University Press.

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  • Francesca Lotti, 2007. "Firm dynamics in manufacturing and services: a broken mirror?," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 16(3), pages 347-369, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:16:y:2007:i:3:p:347-369

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