Finance, Firm Size and Growth

38 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2004

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Thorsten Beck

City University London - The Business School; Tilburg University - European Banking Center, CentER

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt

World Bank

Luc Laeven

European Central Bank (ECB); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ross Levine

Stanford University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: November 30, 2004

Abstract

This paper examines whether financial development boosts the growth of small firms more than large firms and hence provides information on the mechanisms through which financial development fosters aggregate economic growth. We define an industry's technological firm size as the firm size implied by industry specific production technologies, including capital intensities and scale economies. Using cross-industry, cross-country data, the results indicate that financial development exerts a disproportionately large effect on the growth of industries that are technologically more dependent on small firms. This suggests that financial development accelerates economic growth by removing growth constraints on small firms and also implies that financial development has sectoral as well as aggregate growth ramifications.

Keywords: Firm size, financial development, economic growth

JEL Classification: G2, L11, L25, O1

Suggested Citation

Beck, Thorsten and Demirgüç-Kunt, Asli and Laeven, Luc A. and Levine, Ross, Finance, Firm Size and Growth (November 30, 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=628086 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.628086

Thorsten Beck (Contact Author)

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Ross Levine

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