Working Paper No. 452

The Size Distribution of Businesses. Part I: A Benchmark Case

Published: March 1996Pages: 50Keywords: DISTRIBUTION; ENTERPRISESJEL-codes: D21; L11; L15

The Size Distribution of Businesses. Part I: A Benchmark Case John Sutton


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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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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