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Title:Firm growth: a survey PDF Logo
Authors:Coad, Alexander
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Papers on economics and evolution 0703
Abstract:We survey the phenomenon of the growth of firms drawing on literature from economics, management, and sociology. We begin with a review of empirical 'stylised facts' before discussing theoretical contributions. Firm growth is characterized by a predominant stochastic element, making it difficult to predict. Indeed, previous empirical research into the determinants of firm growth has had a limited success. We also observe that theoretical propositions concerning the growth of firms are often amiss. We conclude that progress in this area requires solid empirical work, perhaps making use of novel statistical techniques.
Subjects:Firm Growth
Size Distribution
Growth Rates Distribution
Gibrat’s Law
Theory of the Firm
‘Stages of Growth’ models
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Papers on Economics and Evolution, Max-Planck-Institut für Ökonomik

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