A Structural Empirical Model of Firm Growth, Learning, and Survival

37 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2003

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Jaap H. Abbring

Tilburg University - Department of Econometrics & Operations Research; Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER); Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jeffrey R. Campbell

University of Notre Dame; Tilburg University

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Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

We present a structural model of firm growth, learning, and survival and consider its identification and estimation. In the model, entrepreneurs have private and possibly errorridden observations of persistent and transitory shocks to profit. We demonstrate that the model's parameters can be recovered from public observations of sales and survival, and we estimate them using monthly data from new bars in Texas. We find that entrepreneurs observe profit's persistent component without error. In this sense, their information is substantially superior to the public's.

Keywords: Firm Dynamics, Bayesian Learning, Identification, Estimation

JEL Classification: C34, C35, C41, D83, L11

Suggested Citation

Abbring, Jaap H. and Campbell, Jeffrey R., A Structural Empirical Model of Firm Growth, Learning, and Survival (May 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=412487

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Jeffrey R. Campbell

University of Notre Dame ( email )

United States

Tilburg University ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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