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The Firm Size Distribution: Evidence from Belgium
Artige, Lionel  ; Bignandi, Sousso 
2021
 

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Keywords :
Firm size distribution; distribution lognormale; distribution de Pareto
Abstract :
[en] The shape of the firm size distribution (FSD) looks similar in all market economies but its approximation by a parametric distribution, a necessary information to build a general model of firm dynamics, remains much debated. In this paper, we use an exclusive comprehensive database on Belgian firms. We show that the lognormal distribution is a better approximation of the empirical FSD than the power law distribution. This result holds true at the aggregate, sectoral and regional levels.
Disciplines :
Special economic topics (health, labor, transportation...)
Author, co-author :
Artige, Lionel ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC Liège : UER > UER Economie : Macroéconomie
Bignandi, Sousso ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC Recherche
Language :
English
Title :
The Firm Size Distribution: Evidence from Belgium
Publication date :
May 2021

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