Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/128846
Authors: 
Huber, Peter
Pfaffermayr, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
WIFO Working Papers 295
Abstract: 
The evolution of higher moments of the firm size distribution so far seems to be neglected in the empirical firm growth literature. Based on GMM estimates, this paper introduces simple Wald tests to investigate whether the firm size distribution converges in both the second and third central moment. Using a comprehensive sample of Austrian firms, the estimation results indicate a substantial reduction in both the second and third central moment for the younger age cohorts. This effect is much less pronounced for older firms. Across age cohorts one observes an increase in variance, while the third central moment tends to vanish.
Subjects: 
Growth of firms
market concentration
moments of the firm size distribution
GMM estimation
Wald test
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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