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The Relationship between Firm Births and Job Creation

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  • André van Stel

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam, and EIM Business and Policy Research, Zoetermeer)

  • David Storey

    (University of Warwick, and EIM Business and Policy Research, Zoetermeer)

This paper examines the relationship between firm births and job creation in Great Britain. We use a new data set for 60 British regions, covering the whole of Great Britain, between 1980 and 1998. The central theme of the paper is that, with the exception of a recent paper by Audretsch and Fritsch for Germany, the relationship between new-firm startups and employment growth has previously been examined either with no time-lag or with only a short period lag. The current paper examines short-run as well as long-run relationships and provides results for Great Britain similar to those for Germany. We find that the short-run employment impact of new-firm startups in British regions has been bigger in the 1990s compared to the 1980s. Concerning long-run effects, we find that the employment impact of new-firm startups is strongest after about five years, but the effect disappears after a decade.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 02-052/3.

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Date of creation: 04 Jun 2002
Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20020052
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