The Role of Start-Ups in StructuralTransformation
Robert C. Dent,
Fatih Karahan (),
Benjamin Pugsley () and
Working Papers from U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies
The U.S. economy has been going through a striking structural transformation—the secular reallocation of employment across sectors—over the past several decades. We propose a decomposition framework to assess the contributions of various margins of firm dynamics to this shift. Using firm-level data, we find that at least 50 percent of the adjustment has been taking place along the entry margin, owing to sectors receiving shares of start-up employment that differ from their overall employment shares. The rest is mostly the result of life cycle differences across sectors. Declining overall entry has a small but growing effect of dampening structural transformation.
Keywords: structural transformation; employment dynamics; sectoral reallocation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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