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Growth of new start-up firms: evidence from the Japanese manufacturing industry

  • Yuji Honjo
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    This paper investigates firm growth as the post-entry performance of new start-up firms. Using data on Japanese manufacturing firms founded during 1992-1996, the determinants of growth among new start-up firms are identified. The effect not only of firm-specific characteristics, but also of entrepreneur-specific, industry-specific and local characteristics on firm growth are examined. It is found that younger and small-sized firms are more likely to grow among the start-ups. It is also found that entrepreneur's age and educational background affect the growth of start-ups. It is not shown, however, that industry specialization induces the growth of start-ups.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 21-32

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