Portuguese Economic Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 65–88

Small firms in Portugal: a selective survey of stylized facts, economic analysis, and policy implications

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10258-007-0018-9

Cite this article as:
Cabral, L.M.B. Port. Econ. J. (2007) 6: 65. doi:10.1007/s10258-007-0018-9


I survey a number of stylized facts pertaining to the dynamics of firm entry, growth, and exit in competitive industries. I focus particularly on data for Portugal, although I also consider, for comparison purposes, data from other countries. I then present a series of theoretical models that attempt to explain the stylized facts and evaluate the welfare impact of market distortions. Finally, I derive a number of policy implications, all centered around the notion of economic mobility.

JEL Classification



Small firms Firm dynamics Public policy 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.CEPRLondonUK

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