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An international cohort comparison of size effects on job growth
Aston Business School, Birmingham, United Kingdom; Enterprise Research Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
IFN, Stockholm, Sweden.
ZEW, Mannheim, Germany.
WIFO, Wien, Austria.
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2015 (English)In: Small Business Economics, ISSN 0921-898X, E-ISSN 1573-0913, Vol. 44, no 4, 821-844 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The contribution of different-sized businesses to job creation continues to attract policymakers’ attention; however, it has recently been recognised that conclusions about size were confounded with the effect of age. We probe the role of size, controlling for age, by comparing the cohorts of firms born in 1998 over their first decade of life, using variation across half a dozen northern European countries Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK to pin down size effects. We find that a very small proportion of the smallest firms play a crucial role in accounting for cross-country differences in job growth. A closer analysis reveals that the initial size distribution and survival rates do not seem to explain job growth differences between countries, rather it is a small number of rapidly growing firms that are driving this result.

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Springer, 2015. Vol. 44, no 4, 821-844 p.
Keyword [en]
Birth cohort; Distributed micro-data analysis; Firm age; Firm growth; Firm size; Firm survival
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-41178DOI: 10.1007/s11187-014-9622-0ISI: 000351580800007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84925307533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-41178DiVA: diva2:779819
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg FoundationThe Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-04-20Bibliographically approved

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