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The relationship between size and growth: the case of Italian newborn firms

Francesca Lotti (), Enrico Santarelli () and Marco Vivarelli ()

Applied Economics Letters, 2001, vol. 8, issue 7, 451-454

Abstract: This paper analyses the relationship between size and growth for a group of Italian newborn firms in the instruments industry. The main finding is that Gibrat's Law of Proportionate Effect exhibits a behaviour dependent on the firm's life cycle. In particular, even if in the years immediately following start-up the law could be rejected, since smaller firms have to rush in order to survive in the market, in subsequent years growth rates seem to converge towards a Gibrat-like pattern. This result is confirmed by the separate analyses carried out for micro-firms and larger firms.

Date: 2001
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DOI: 10.1080/13504850010003299

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