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The Relationship between Firm Growth, Size, and Age: Estimates for 100 Manufacturing Industries

David Evans ()

Journal of Industrial Economics, 1987, vol. 35, issue 4, 567-81

Abstract: This study uses a sample of all firms operating in 100 manufacturing industries to examine some aspects of firm dynamics. It finds that firm growth, the variability of firm growth, and the probability that a firm will fail decrease with firm age. It also finds that firm growth decreases at a diminishing rate with firm size even after controlling for the exit of slow-growing firms from the sample. Gibrat's Law therefore fails, although the severity of the failure decreases with firm size. Copyright 1987 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Date: 1987
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