Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1291: A Theory of Gazelle Growth: Competition, Venture Capital Finance and Policy

Lars Persson () and Mehmet Caglar Kaya
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Lars Persson: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden
Mehmet Caglar Kaya: Department of Economics, Postal: Lund University

Abstract: This paper proposes a theory of gazelle growth in which gazelles can either grow organically or by acquisitions. In the model, there are three types of firms: incumbent, target, and gazelle. We show that the lower cost of organic growth can increase the incentives for acquisition growth. The reason for this is that the incumbent understands that if it acquires the target firm, the gazelle will then invest organically anyway to grow, and therefore, the acquisition will not be sufficient to protect the incumbent's market power. The gazelle could then acquire the target firm at a good price. We also show that financial support for the organic growth of gazelles can increase gazelles' growth by acquisitions since incumbents' preemptive motives are reduced.

Keywords: Gazelles; Acquisitions; Organic growth; Entrepreneurial policy; Venture capital; Financial support

JEL-codes: G24; G34; G38; L10; L26

50 pages, July 2, 2019

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