The firm size distribution and inter-industry diversification
|Title:||The firm size distribution and inter-industry diversification||Authors:||Hutchinson, John
Walsh, Patrick P.
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2680||Date:||Aug-2009||Abstract:||We show that the stylized facts of the Firm Size Distribution (FSD) by age cohorts, as shown in Cabral and Mata (2003), bind within 4-digit manufacturing industries in the UK and Belgium. As in Klepper and Thompson (2006) and Sutton (1998), we explore whether time to build a portfolio of products is a mechanism that relates age to firm size. While inter industry diversification, to some extent, accounts for the role of age, we find that the presence of economies of scope has a separate impact on firm size when controlling for age, amongst other factors. Using the techniques in Cabral and Mata’s we show that the FSD by degrees of product diversification shifts to the right, but more so in older age groups. This shows a role for inter-industry diversification over and above an age effect.||Funding Details:||Not applicable||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. Geary Institute||Series/Report no.:||UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series; WP 09 26||Subject LCSH:||Industrial organization
Diversification in industry
|Other versions:||http://ideas.repec.org/p/ucd/wpaper/200926.html||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Geary Institute Working Papers|
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