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Are small firms really sub-optimal?: compensating factor differentials in small Dutch manufacturing firms

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  • Roy Thurik
  • Gerco van Leeuwen
  • David Audretsch
  • Bert Menkveld

Onderzoek naar de vraag waarom er zoveel kleine bedrijven kunnen bestaan, ondanks de heersende opvatting dat dit bedrijven zijn die op sub-optimale schaal presteren. Kleine bedrijven blijken productiefactoren verschillend te belonen en toe te passen ten opzichte van grote bedrijven, en langs deze weg bedrijfsgroottenadelen te compenseren. Uit een steekproef onder 7.000 Nederlandse industriële bedrijven blijkt dat deze strategie van compenserende factordifferentialen toegepast wordt in Europa. Enerzijds lijkt deze strategie te leiden tot een nettoverlies voor de economie. Anderzijds suggereren de positieve relaties tussen bedrijfsleeftijd en werknemerscompensatie, en bedrijfsleeftijd en productiviteit dat er minstens een tendens is dat het inefficiënte bedrijf van vandaag het efficiënte bedrijf van de toekomst kan worden.

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Paper provided by EIM Business and Policy Research in its series Scales Research Reports with number H199902.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jul 1999
Handle: RePEc:eim:papers:h199902
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