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The Size Distribution of Businesses. Part I: A Benchmark Case
Abstract: This paper examines the evolution of a skew distribution
of firm sizes from the viewpoint of the 'Bounds' approach to market
structure. It confines attention to the role played by non-strategic
factors (statistical independence, and cost side effects). A model is
proposed, which leads to a prediction regarding the least skew size
distribution which is likely to be observed. This distribution provides a
benchmark relative to which the impact of strategic effects on the form of
the size distribution may be assessed.
Keywords: DISTRIBUTION; ENTERPRISES; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D21; L11; L15; (follow links to similar papers)
50 pages, March 1996
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