Firm growth and barriers to growth among small firms in India

Coad, Alex and Tamvada, Jagannadha Pawan (2012). Firm growth and barriers to growth among small firms in India. Small Business Economics, 39 (2), pp. 383-400.


Empirical work on micro and small firms focuses on developed countries, while existing work on developing countries is all too often based on small samples taken from ad hoc questionnaires. The census data we analyze here are fairly representative of small business structure in India. Consistent with findings from prior research on developed countries, size and age have a negative impact on firm growth in the majority of specifications. Enterprises managed by women have lower expected growth rates. Proprietary firms face lower growth on the whole, especially if they are young firms. Exporting has a positive effect on firm growth, especially for young firms and for female-owned firms. Although some small firms are able to convert know-how into commercial success, we find that many others are unable to translate it into superior growth.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics finance & entrepreneurship
Aston Business School > Economics finance & entrepreneurship research group
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship,developing countries,micro and small businesses,firm growth,firm age,barriers to growth,declining firms,female entrepreneurs,robust regression,Economics and Econometrics,Business, Management and Accounting(all)
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Published Date: 2012-09
Authors: Coad, Alex
Tamvada, Jagannadha Pawan


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