Dissecting the Size Distribution of Establishments Across Countries
Manuel Garcia-Santana () and
Roberto Ramos ()
Working Papers from CEMFI
We present a detailed description of cross-country differences in the size distribution of establishments as measured by Enterprise Surveys of the World Bank (2006-2010). We find that poorer countries tend to have smaller establishments, and hence a higher proportion of employment is allocated to such plants. We also find that, conditional on the level of per capita GDP, there is still a wide variation in the size distribution of establishments. We show that financial frictions and other costs imposed on the business environment can account for a sizeable part of such variation. Additionally, we exploit the richness of the data-set to document cross-sector differences in the size distribution of establishments. We show that establishments in manufacturing and construction tend to be larger on average than in retail and other services.
Keywords: Plant size distribution; enterprise environment. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L11 L53 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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