Gibrat's Law: Are the Services Different?

30 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2003  

David B. Audretsch

Indiana University - Institute for Development Strategies; King Saud University; WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Luuk Klomp

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Roy Thurik

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research; Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: 22 2002 1,

Abstract

Several noted surveys on intra-industry dynamics have recently reached the conclusion from a large body of evidence that Gibrat's Law does not hold. However, almost all of these studies have been based on manufacturing. There are compelling reasons to doubt whether these findings hold for the services. In this paper we examine whether the basic tenet underlying Gibrat's Law - that growth rates are independent of firm size - can be rejected for the services as it has been for manufacturing. Based on a large sample of Dutch firms the evidence suggests that growth rates are, in fact, independent of firm size. Validation of Gibrat's Law in the services suggests that the dynamics of industrial organisation for services may not simply mirror that for manufacturing.

Keywords: firm growth, service industries, Gibrat's Law

JEL Classification: M, L20, D21

Suggested Citation

Audretsch, David B. and Klomp, Luuk and Thurik, Roy, Gibrat's Law: Are the Services Different? (22 2002 1,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2002-04-STR. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370948

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