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Determinants of firm start-up size in the Brazilian industry: an empirical investigation

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The article investigates the determinants of newly created industrial establishments in Brazil in 1997 taking as reference explanatory variables referring to market structure and industry dynamics, stronger effects are detected for larger firms. Minimum efficient scale, industry size, industry growth and turbulence display the expected positive effects on firm size, but the intensity of those are more pronounced for larger firms. The suboptimal scale variable, on the other hand, exhibits a counterintuitive positive effect and perhaps other types of barriers to entry that are not related to scale aspects may be important in the Brazilian case.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil

Publication date: 2007-05-01

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