The distribution of economic activity across firms and the decline in the firm start up rate

Grant Type: doctoral

Grant Year: 2016

Grant Amount: $15,000

Grant description:

Over the past several decades, the firm start-up rate has declined substantially while at the same time the number of unique business locations that belong to the largest firms also increased significantly. Using a combination of empirical analysis and modeling, the researcher will explore how these trends affect consumer welfare and productivity growth. We see this as an important contribution to a live question in the innovation space that also has implications for policymakers seeking to increase the firm start-up rate and spur local business activity.

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