Big Business Stability and Economic Growth: Is What's Good for General Motors Good for America?

52 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2006

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Kathy Fogel

Suffolk University - Department of Finance

Randall Morck

University of Alberta - Department of Finance and Statistical Analysis; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governence Institute; Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research

Bernard Yin Yeung

National University of Singapore - Business School

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Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

What is good for big business need not generally advance a country's overall economy. Big business turnover correlates with rising income, productivity, and (in high income countries) faster capital accumulation; consistent with Schumpeter's (1912) creative destruction and recent formalizations like Aghion and Howitt (1992). Turnover appears to "cause" growth; and disappearing behemoths, more than rising stars, drive our results. Stronger findings suggest more intense creative destruction in countries with higher incomes, as well as those with smaller governments, Common Law courts, smaller banking systems, stronger shareholder rights, and more open economies. Only the last matters more in lower income countries.

Keywords: Creative destruction, development, institutions, financial development, rent seeking, Schumpeter, turnover

JEL Classification: O16

Suggested Citation

Fogel, Kathy and Morck, Randall K. and Yeung, Bernard Yin, Big Business Stability and Economic Growth: Is What's Good for General Motors Good for America? (July 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=916547 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.916547

Kathy Fogel

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