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Small Firms and Job Creation during a Recession and Recovery

Davidsson, Per, Lindmark, Leif, & Olofsson, Christer (1998) Small Firms and Job Creation during a Recession and Recovery. In Acs, Z., Carlsson, B., & Karlsson, C. (Eds.) Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the Macroeconomy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, M.A, pp. 286-309.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a comprehensive study of the role of SMEs for job creation and regional economic well-being in Sweden during the 1990-93 recession period as well as the years immediately preceding and following that period. It is found that SMEs were over-represented as job creators across business cycle stages and industries. Relatively little of systematic differences in SMEs role over the business cycle was detected. However, it was primarily very small, single-establishment firms that performed relatively well during the deep recession. Multi-establishment SMEs’ development was more akin to that of large firms. With regard to regional economic well-being it is concluded that relatively vivid SME activity has a positive or at worst neutral effect.

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ID Code: 5865
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details : per.davidsson@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Per Davidsson, job creation, SME, entrepreneurship, Sweden
ISBN: 9780521621052
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:29

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