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Size Distribution of Portuguese Firms between 2006 and 2012

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  • Mário Augusto

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal)

  • Rui Pascoal

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal)

  • Ana Margarida Monteiro

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra and GEMF, Portugal)

Abstract

This study aims to describe the size distribution of Portuguese firms, as measured by annual sales and total assets, between 2006 and 2012, giving an economic interpretation for the evolution of the distribution along the time. Three distributions are fitted to data: the lognormal, the Pareto (and as a particular case Zipf) and the Simplified Canonical Law (SCL). We present the main arguments found in literature to justify the use of distributions, emphasizing the interpretation of SCL coefficients and its analogy with thermodynamics. Methods of estimation include Maximum Likelihood, modified Ordinary Least Squares in log-log scale and Nonlinear Least Squares considering the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. We apply these approaches to Portuguese firm data. In the sales case, the evolution of estimated parameters in both lognormal and SCL reflects the existence of a recession period more pronounced after 2008.

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  • Mário Augusto & Rui Pascoal & Ana Margarida Monteiro, 2015. "Size Distribution of Portuguese Firms between 2006 and 2012," GEMF Working Papers 2015-04, GEMF, Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra.
  • Handle: RePEc:gmf:wpaper:2015-04.
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    Keywords

    Firms size; lognormal law; Zipf's law; simplified canonical law; Shannon entropy.;

    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C44 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Operations Research; Statistical Decision Theory
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • C87 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Econometric Software
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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