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Assessing the Determinants of High-Growth Manufacturing Firms in Italy

Alessandro Arrighetti () and Andrea Lasagni ()

International Journal of the Economics of Business, 2013, vol. 20, issue 2, 245-267

Abstract: Few firms grow rapidly, but their contribution to employment growth is often impressive. The main purpose of this paper is to analyse both the external and internal factors that can affect the probability of being a high-growth firm (HGF) in Italy. We found that HGFs are, on average, young firms and are present in different industries, but the role of demand is important to understanding their performance at the sectoral level. Moreover, our findings show that financial constraints and profitability are not associated with the probability of being a HGF. HGFs, on average, are characterised by high productivity, but only when growth is measured in terms of sales. The most original results of this study concern the endogenous determinants of rapid growth, which have yet to be adequately examined in the literature. First, we found that the concentration of ownership is important for HGFs that experienced rapid growth in their sales. Second, the quality of human capital is a strong point for firms experiencing rapid employment growth .

Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1080/13571516.2013.783456

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