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Comparative Analysis of Firm Demographics and Survival: Micro-Level Evidence for the OECD Countries


  • Eric Bartelsman
  • Stefano Scarpetta
  • Fabiano Schivardi


This paper presents evidence on firm demographics and firm survival for a group of ten OECD countries. For each country a dataset of sectoral indicators of firm dynamics has been created using information from business registers. The patterns of firm entry, exit, survival and employment growth are described and analysed across countries, sectors, and over time. We find that both sectoral and country effects are important in determining firms demographics. We also find that entry and exit rates are fairly similar across countries, while post entry performance differ markedly between Europe and the US, a potential indication of the importance of barriers to firm growth as opposed to barriers to entry. Further, the paper provides a discussion of how these data may be used to gain a better understanding of the process through which economic policy and institutions may affect aggregate patterns of employment, output, and productivity growth ... Analyse comparative de la démographie et de la survie des entreprises : Evidence micro-économique pour les pays de l'OCDE Ce papier propose une analyse des données démographiques et de survie d’entreprises d’un groupe de dix pays de l’OCDE. Pour chaque pays, une base de données d’indicateurs sectoriels sur la dynamique des entreprises a été crée, en utilisant des informations provenant de registres d'entreprises. L’évolution de l’entrée, de la sortie, de la survie des entreprises et de la croissance de l’emploi est décrite et analysée selon les pays, les secteurs et le temps. Il ressort où à la fois les effets sectoriels et les effets pays jouent un rôle important dans la démographie des firmes. Nous trouvons également que les taux d’entrée et de sortie sont assez similaires selon les pays, bien que la performance après entrée diffère sensiblement entre l‘Europe et les États-Unis, suggérant potentiellement l’importance des barrières à l’expansion des entreprises plutôt que des barrières à l’entrée. De plus, cet article fournit une discussion sur la façon dont ces données pourraient être utilisées pour ...

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  • Eric Bartelsman & Stefano Scarpetta & Fabiano Schivardi, 2003. "Comparative Analysis of Firm Demographics and Survival: Micro-Level Evidence for the OECD Countries," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 348, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:348-en
    DOI: 10.1787/010021066480

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    entry; entrée; exit; firm size; micro data; micro-données; sortie; survie; survival; taille des firmes;
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    JEL classification:

    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups


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