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Big Business Stability and Social Welfare

  • Kathy Fogel
  • Randall Morck
  • Bernard Yeung

Many countries appear to have excessively stable big business sectors, in that higher rates of big business turnover have been correlated with faster economy growth. Public policies that stabilize big business sectors are sometimes justified as supportive of social objectives. We find no consistent link between big business stability and public goods provision, egalitarianism, or labor empowerment. While absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, these findings suggest that other explanations, such as special interest politics or behavioral biases favoring the status quo also be considered.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 14027.

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Date of creation: May 2008
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Publication status: published as Fogel, Kathy & Morck, Randall & Yeung, Bernard, 2008. "Big business stability and economic growth: Is what's good for General Motors good for America?," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(1), pages 83-108, July.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:14027
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