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Strategic Niches and Profitability : A First Report


  • Audretsch, B-B
  • Prince, Y-M
  • Thurik, A-R


Using disaggregated data for Dutch manufacturing industries over the period 1975-1986 we find considerable evidence that the price-cost margins of small firms do not tend to follow those of large firms. These findings support the theory that small firms pursue a strategy of producing in distinct product niches.

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  • Audretsch, B-B & Prince, Y-M & Thurik, A-R, 1995. "Strategic Niches and Profitability : A First Report," Papers 9504/e, NEUHUYS - RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:miklrr:9504/e

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    1. Joris Meijaard, 2001. "Making sense of the New Economy," Scales Research Reports H200009, EIM Business and Policy Research.

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    JEL classification:

    • L6 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior


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