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The Industry Life-Cycle of the Size Distribution of Firms

  • Glenn MacDonald
  • Emin Dinlersoz

This paper analyzes the evolution of the distributions of output and employment across firms in U.S. manufacturing industries from 1963 until 1997. The evolutions of the employment and output distributions differ, but display strong inter-industry regularities, including that the nature of the evolution depends whether the industry is experiencing growth, shakeout, maturity, or decline. The observed patterns have implications for theories of industry dynamics and evolution.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 05-10.

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Length: 62 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:05-10
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