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Firm Dynamics: Employment Growth Rates of Small Versus Large Firms in Canada


  • Dixon, Jay
  • Rollin, Anne-Marie


This paper examines whether Canadian firms of different sizes (in terms of employment) grow at different rates year-on-year. The data are from Statistics Canada's Longitudinal Employment Analysis Program and cover the 1999-to-2008 period. The methodology is similar to that used by Haltiwanger, Jarmin and Miranda (2010) for the United States: controls are used for firm age, and possible bias from short-term regression to the mean is removed by sizing firms according to their average number of employees in both previous and current years.

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  • Dixon, Jay & Rollin, Anne-Marie, 2012. "Firm Dynamics: Employment Growth Rates of Small Versus Large Firms in Canada," The Canadian Economy in Transition 2012025e, Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis Division.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp1e:2012025e

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    1. Don Drummond & Annette Ryan & Michael R. Veall, 2013. "Improving Canada's Productivity Performance: The Potential Contribution of Firm-level Productivity Research," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 26, pages 86-93, Fall.
    2. Ryan Banerjee, 2014. "SMEs, financial constraints and growth," BIS Working Papers 475, Bank for International Settlements.
    3. Karen Geurts, 2016. "Longitudinal firm-level data: problems and solutions," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 46(3), pages 425-445, March.

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    Business performance and ownership; Entry; exit; mergers and growth; Small and medium-sized businesses;

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