We test the industry life cycle hypothesis for 205 industries in West Germany between 1976 and 2009. In particular we analyse whether population indicators follow a cyclical path. Using a novel non-linear regression approach to identify life cycles we find that the number of establishments, employees, entries and exits follow in most industries a path that is well represented by at least a part of a cycle. Most industries that show cyclical behaviour run (partially) through their life cycle in the considered time period.
industry life cycle cyclical development establishment employment industry dynamics