The Size Distribution of Businesses, Part I: A Benchmark Case
56 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2008
Date Written: December 1995
This paper examines the evolution of a skew distribution of firm sizes from the viewpoint of the ?Bounds? approach to market structure. It confines attention to the role played by non-strategic factors (statistical independence, and cost side-effects). A model is proposed, which leads to a prediction regarding the least skew size distribution which is likely to be observed. This distribution provides a benchmark relative to which the impact of strategic effects on the form of the size distribution may be assessed.
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