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The Firm Size Distribution across Countries and Skill-Biased Change in Entrepreneurial Technology

  • POSCHKE, Markus

How and why does the firm size distribution differ across countries? This paper documents that features of the firm size distribution are strongly associated with income per capita. Richer countries have fewer entrepreneurs and fewer small firms. The average, dispersion and skewness of firm size are all larger in richer countries. A simple general equilibrium model of occupational choice with skill-biased change in entrepreneurial technology calibrated to U.S. data can account very well for these patterns. The crucial assumption is that some entrepreneurs benefit more from technological progress than others. Marginal entrepreneurs then switch to becoming employees as technology advances.

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Date of creation: 2011
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