Entrepreneurship Dynamics in Australia: Lessons from Micro-Data
37 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2017 Last revised: 30 Oct 2017
Date Written: September 1, 2017
Using a large firm-level dataset covering years 2002 to 2015, I explore the dynamics of entrepreneurship in Australia and their evolution over time. The short answer is that the Australian entrepreneurial landscape has become less dynamic and more hazardous over the observed period. With time passing, relatively fewer entrepreneurs are entering the market, and those that enter are more likely to exit than their counterparts that entered in earlier years. In particular, there is a seemingly permanent increase in exit rate starting from the cohort of 2005 entries, followed by a temporary spike after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Despite fewer firms entering, the share of young firms from job creation has been steadily high. I finish by offering a few thoughts to help understand these changes.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Survival, Job Creation, Competition, Growth
JEL Classification: C55, L26, M13, Q33
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