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Entry Strategies of Partnerships versus Conventional Firms


  • Michele Moretto

    () (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, University of Padova, via del Santo, 33, Padova, Italy)

  • Gianpaolo Rossini

    () (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, University of Bologna, Strada Maggiore, 45, Bologna, Italy)


From 1997 to 2001 the number of nonemployer businesses, mostly partnerships, grew faster than conventional firms in the United States, a country with the mildest asymmetries between the two types of enterprises with respect to taxation, administrative entry barriers, and other institutional aspects. Partnerships are smaller than conventional firms, and their different speeds of net entry could be the result of internal organization that makes them swifter and better equipped to be fast-growing industries. In a continuous-time stochastic environment with sunk costs, we model entry as a growth option. Partnerships and conventional firms display specific patterns in terms of output price and size in that they appear to react in diverse fashions to market uncertainty. In most cases, the partnership is less risky and better suited to enter under conditions of high volatility, as between 1997 and 2001 in the United States.

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  • Michele Moretto & Gianpaolo Rossini, 2008. "Entry Strategies of Partnerships versus Conventional Firms," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 75(1), pages 159-172, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:75:1:y:2008:p:159-172

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    JEL classification:

    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
    • J54 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Producer Cooperatives; Labor Managed Firms
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing


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