Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2012/4: Characteristics and Performance of New Firms and Spinoffs in Sweden

Martin Andersson () and Steven Klepper ()
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Martin Andersson: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Steven Klepper: Carnegie Mellon University, Postal: Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Abstract: We analyze the rate of formation, the characteristics, and the performance of different types of new firms in Sweden over a decade. Comparisons to Denmark, Brazil, and the U.S. suggest that the environment for new firm formation in Sweden is not markedly different than elsewhere. In line with previous studies, spinoffs of incumbents perform better than other types of new firms, particularly if their parent firm continues to operate. A novel findings is that the rate of employment growth of spinoffs is greater the larger the size of their parent, which contrast sharply with findings for firms with a single owner.

Keywords: Sweden; spinoffs; new firm formation; entrepreneurship; performance; employment growth

JEL-codes: J60; M13

30 pages, February 27, 2012

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