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Who do High-growth Firms Employ, and Who do they Hire?

  • Coad, Alex


    (Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), Freeman Centre, University of Sussex)

  • Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov


    (The Swedish Retail Institute (HUI) and Dalarna University)

  • Johansson, Dan


    (The Ratio Institute)

  • Wennberg, Karl


    (The Ratio Institute and Stockholm School of Economics)

The purpose of this paper is to study who high- growth firms (HGFs) hire using a matched employer-employee dataset for all knowledge intensive industries in Sweden, where high growth is measured over the period 1999-2002. The results indicate that HGFs to a larger extent employ young people, immigrants, and individuals with longer unemployment periods. However, these patterns seem contingent on the stage of firm evolution. HGFs that have already realized rapid growth seem to start focusing on hiring individuals from other companies, even though immigrants are still overrepresented among new employees.

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Paper provided by The Ratio Institute in its series Ratio Working Papers with number 169.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ratioi:0169
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