Who Creates Jobs? Small Versus Large Versus Young
John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin and Javier Miranda ,
( 95 )
The Review of Economics and Statistics

The view that small businesses create the most jobs remains appealing to policymakers and small business advocates. Using data from the Census Bureau’s Business Dynamics Statistics and Longitudinal Business Database, we explore the many issues at the core of this ongoing debate. We find that the relationship between firm size and employment growth is sensitive to these issues. However, our main finding is that once we control for firm age, there is no systematic relationship between firm size and growth.

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