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What makes small firms grow?: finance, human capital, technical assistance, and the business environment in Romania

Brown, J. David, Earle, John S. and Lup, Daniela (2005) What makes small firms grow?: finance, human capital, technical assistance, and the business environment in Romania. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 54 (1). pp. 33-70. ISSN 1539-2988

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Abstract

Although the development of a new private sector is generally considered crucial to economic transition, there has been little empirical research on the determinants of start‐up firm growth. This article analyzes panel data on 297 new small enterprises in Romania with detailed annual information from the start‐up date through 2001. Controlling for heterogeneity with a rich set of firm characteristics and firm fixed effects, our panel regressions imply that access to external credit substantially increases both employment and sales growth. Entrepreneurial characteristics such as gender and education have weaker estimated effects. Neither technical assistance nor a wide variety of measures of the business environment (contract enforcement, property rights, and corruption) have any clear association with firm growth.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/econdevecultchan...
Additional Information: © 2005 The University of Chicago
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 13:24
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38163/

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