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Zipf distribution of U.S. firm sizes.

Zipf distribution of U.S. firm sizes. Analyses of firm sizes have historically used data that included limited samples of small firms, data typically described by lognormal distributions. Using data on the entire population of tax-paying firms in the United States, I show here that the Zipf distribution characterizes firm sizes: the probability a firm is larger than size s is inversely proportional to s. These results hold for data from multiple years and for various definitions of firm size. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Science (New York, N.Y.) Pubmed

Zipf distribution of U.S. firm sizes.

Science (New York, N.Y.) , Volume 293 (5536): -1797 – Oct 4, 2001

Zipf distribution of U.S. firm sizes.


Abstract

Analyses of firm sizes have historically used data that included limited samples of small firms, data typically described by lognormal distributions. Using data on the entire population of tax-paying firms in the United States, I show here that the Zipf distribution characterizes firm sizes: the probability a firm is larger than size s is inversely proportional to s. These results hold for data from multiple years and for various definitions of firm size.

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ISSN
0036-8075
DOI
10.1126/science.1062081
pmid
11546870

Abstract

Analyses of firm sizes have historically used data that included limited samples of small firms, data typically described by lognormal distributions. Using data on the entire population of tax-paying firms in the United States, I show here that the Zipf distribution characterizes firm sizes: the probability a firm is larger than size s is inversely proportional to s. These results hold for data from multiple years and for various definitions of firm size.

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Science (New York, N.Y.)Pubmed

Published: Oct 4, 2001

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