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Firm Growth and Persistence of Chance: Evidence from Portuguese Microdata

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  • Blandina Oliveira

    () (ESTG, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria)

  • Adelino Fortunato

    () (GEMF and Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra)

Abstract

Considering a dynamic firm growth model with serial correlation this work studies the effects of R&D activities and investment, both physical and R&D, on the growth of firms. The main hypotheses maintain that firms with a strong commitment to R&D have higher rate of growth and investment has a positive effect on firm growth. We investigate such relations with reference to an unbalanced panel data set of Portuguese manufacturing firms over the period 1990 to 2001. We find that a systematic tendency for smaller firms to grow more quickly is the main reason why firm growth is not entirely stochastic.

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  • Blandina Oliveira & Adelino Fortunato, 2005. "Firm Growth and Persistence of Chance: Evidence from Portuguese Microdata," GEMF Working Papers 2005-10, GEMF, Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra.
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    Keywords

    Firm growth; R&D; GMM system estimator;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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