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Firm growth and firm size


  • Mark Rogers
  • Christian Helmers
  • Christoffer Koch


This article analyses the growth rates of the complete population of UK-registered firms for the period 2001 to 2005. We estimate Gibrat's law - that growth rates are independent of firm size - by deciles of the firm size distribution. Whether we are able to reject Gibrat's law varies across deciles. We also show how estimates vary according to the measure of firm size, time period and sample selection.

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  • Mark Rogers & Christian Helmers & Christoffer Koch, 2010. "Firm growth and firm size," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(16), pages 1547-1550.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:16:p:1547-1550 DOI: 10.1080/13504850903085043

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    1. Myriam hernández-Robles & F. Javier Sánchez Vidal, 2014. "Conservadurismo financiero y creación de empleo," Economic Analysis Working Papers (2002-2010). Atlantic Review of Economics (2011-2016), Colexio de Economistas de A Coruña, Spain and Fundación Una Galicia Moderna, vol. 2, pages 1-1, December.
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    8. Reicher, Christopher Phillip, 2010. "A frictionless model of job flows and the Beveridge Curve," Kiel Working Papers 1636, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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