High-growth firms: does location matter?

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Title: High-growth firms: does location matter?
Authors: Giner Pérez, José Miguel | Santa María Beneyto, María Jesús | Fuster, Antonio
Research Group/s: Economía Industrial y Desarrollo Local
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Economía Aplicada y Política Económica
Keywords: High-growth firms | Firm growth | Job creation | Location | Agglomeration
Knowledge Area: Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media New York
Citation: International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal. 2017, 13(1): 75-96. doi:10.1007/s11365-016-0392-9
Abstract: The challenge for economies lies in boosting employment growth, not just by fostering entrepreneurship, but also by improving the growth potential of existing firms. Consequently, many studies have focused on assessing the dynamism of firms, and especially the capacity of high-growth firms (HGFs) to generate employment. This study aimed to identify HGFs in Spain during two periods, 2003–2006 and 2007–2010 and to analyse their characteristics and territorial distribution during the initial years of the economic crisis. Accordingly, a key area of inquiry of the study was the influence of agglomeration (in metropolitan areas, industrial districts and technological districts) on the locations of HGFs. To analyse the influence of location on the probability of firms being HGFs, a logit model was estimated. The main results supported the study’s hypotheses that technological districts and large urban areas are significantly associated with the probability of firms being HGFs, because firms profit from comparative locational advantages offered by these areas. The importance of HGFs requires special emphasis in relation to Spain’s context of economic crisis and high unemployment levels because of their significant contribution to employment generation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/66413
ISSN: 1554-7191 (Print) | 1555-1938 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s11365-016-0392-9
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11365-016-0392-9
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11365-016-0392-9
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