Firm size distribution and employment fluctuations: Theory and evidence

Holger Görg, Philipp Henze, Viroj Jienwatcharamongkhol, Daniel Kopasker, Hassan Molana, Catia Montagna (Lead / Corresponding author), Fredrik Sjöholm

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    We show that the firm-size distribution is an important determinant of the relationship between an industry's employment and output. A theoretical model predicts that changes in demand for an industry's output have larger effects on employment, resulting from adjustments at both the intensive and extensive margin, in industries characterised by a distribution that has a lower density of large firms. Industry-specific shape parameters of the firm size distributions are estimated using firm-level data from Germany, Sweden and the UK, and used to augment a relationship between industry-level employment and output. The empirical results align with the predictions of the theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)690-703
    Number of pages14
    JournalResearch in Economics
    Issue number4
    Early online date18 Sept 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


    • Employment
    • Firm distribution
    • Firm size
    • Fluctuations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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