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Do Services differ from Manufacturing? The Post-Entry Performance of Firms in Dutch Services

David Audretsch (), Luuk Klomp and Roy Thurik ()
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Luuk Klomp: Erasmus University, EIM Small Business Research and Consultancy

No 98-012/3, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: A large literature has emerged focusing on the post-entry performance of firms and, in particular, on thelinks between firm growth, survival, size and age. While these studies have resulted in findings that aresufficiently consistent as to constitute Stylized Facts, virtually all of these studies are based onmanufacturing. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap in knowledge about the role of non-manufacturing in industrial organization, and in particular, in the post-entry performance of firms, orwhat happens to firms subsequent to entering an industry. We suggest theoretical reasons why therelationships between firm age and size on the one hand, and survival and growth on the other may, infact, not be the same in services as they are for manufacturing. We use a longitudinal data base forDutch firms in the retail and hotel and catering sectors to identify around 13,000 new-firm start-ups and47,000 incumbents in the services and track them over subsequent years. We are then able test to seewhether the Stylized Results identified based on manufacturing still hold in the services. The resultssuggest that the most fundamental relationships between firm size, age, survival and growth arestrikingly different for services than for manufacturing. In terms of the dynamics of industrialorganization, services may, in fact, not simply mirror the manufacturing sector.

Keywords: Services; Survival; Growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L0 L8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1998-02-09
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