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Gibrat'S Law Revisited In A Transition Economy. The Hungarian Case


  • Bakucs, Lajos Zoltan
  • Ferto, Imre


The paper investigates the validity of Gibrat's Law in Hungarian agriculture. Employing various specifications including OLS, two-step Heckman model and quantile regressions our results strongly reject Gibrats Law for full sample. Estimations suggest that small farms tend to grow faster than larger ones. However, splitting the sample into two subgroups (corporate and family farms) we found different results. For family farms however, only OLS regression results reject Gibrat's Law, whilst the two-step Heckman models and quantile regression estimates support it. Finally, for corporate farms our results support the Law regardless of the method or size measure used. Our results indicate that there is no difference between family farms and corporate farms according to the growth trajectory.

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  • Bakucs, Lajos Zoltan & Ferto, Imre, 2007. "Gibrat'S Law Revisited In A Transition Economy. The Hungarian Case," 104th Seminar, September 5-8, 2007, Budapest, Hungary 7813, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa104:7813

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    1. Sven-Olov Daunfeldt & Niklas Elert, 2013. "When is Gibrat’s law a law?," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 133-147, June.


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