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Job Creation and Job Destruction in Britain: 1980-90


  • Blanchflower, David
  • Burgess, Simon


This paper characterizes the processes of job creation and job destruction (JC&D) in Britain, and provides more `stylized facts' to hold up against models of JC&D. The analysis is based on three large cross-sections of continuing plants in Britain. The issues examined include the diversity of employment growth rates and the correspondingly substantial JC&D rates. We show that both job creation and destruction are extremely concentrated. The top decile of job creators seem to be made up of large firms growing moderately and medium-sized firms growing rapidly.

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  • Blanchflower, David & Burgess, Simon, 1994. "Job Creation and Job Destruction in Britain: 1980-90," CEPR Discussion Papers 912, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:912

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    1. Quah, Danny, 1993. "Empirical cross-section dynamics in economic growth," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 37(2-3), pages 426-434, April.
    2. Robert J. Barro, 1991. "Economic Growth in a Cross Section of Countries," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 106(2), pages 407-443.
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    1. Raphael Bergoeing & Facundo Piguillem, 2003. "Innovaciones en productividad y dinámica de plantas," Revista de Analisis Economico – Economic Analysis Review, Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines, vol. 18(2), pages 3-32, December.
    2. Stephen Roper, 2004. "Job Creation and Destruction in Northern Ireland - 1973-1993," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 35(2), pages 183-218.

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    Growth of Firms; Job Creation; Job Destruction; Reallocation;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs


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