Do manufacturing entrepreneurs in Australia have (or develop) a productivity advantage?

Sasan Bakhtiari

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    Young firms are integral to productivity enhancing resources reallocation. However, manufacturing entrepreneurs in Australia are quite unproductive upon entry. Yet, the productivity of those that survive makes a quantum leap in one year and converges to that of the mature firms. Those entrepreneurs that grow substantially by age three, termed as transformative, have a major productivity advantage. Interesting productivity dynamics are also afoot for entrepreneurs located within clusters of firms and patents that lead to productivity advantages. These firms are the ones contributing the most to resources reallocation. The findings shed light on a multitude of externalities affecting the productivity of young firms and have implications for the related government policies
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)321–338
    JournalJournal of Productivity Analysis
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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