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Using the Eurostat-OECD Definition of High-Growth Firms: A Cautionary Note
HUI Research, Stockholm, Sweden.
HUI Research, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5610-8526
The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, ISSN 2045-2101, E-ISSN 2045-211X, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 50-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – High-growth firms (HGFs) have attracted an increasing amount of attention from researchers and policymakers, and the Eurostat-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) definition of HGFs has become increasingly popular. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors use a longitudinal firm-level data set to analyze the implications of using the Eurostat-OECD definition.

Findings – The results indicate that this definition excluded almost 95 percent of surviving firms in Sweden, and about 40 percent of new private jobs during 2005-2008.

Research limitations/implications – The proportion of small firms and their growth patterns differ across countries, and the authors therefore advise caution in using this definition in future studies.

Practical implications – Policy based on the Eurostat-OECD definition of HGFs might be misleading or even counterproductive.

Originality/value – No previous studies have analyzed the implications of using the Eurostat-OECD definition of HGFs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 4, no 1, p. 50-56
Keywords [en]
Industrial policy, Firm performance, Small to medium sized enterprises, Gazelles, High-growth firms
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32740DOI: 10.1108/JEPP-05-2013-0020ISI: 000218834200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84955353208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-32740DiVA, id: diva2:678894
Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2018-04-06Bibliographically approved

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