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Big Business Stability and Social Welfare

Kathy Fogel, Randall Morck, Bernard Yeung

NBER Working Paper No. 14027
Issued in May 2008
NBER Program(s):   CF

Many countries appear to have excessively stable big business sectors, in that higher rates of big business turnover have been correlated with faster economy growth. Public policies that stabilize big business sectors are sometimes justified as supportive of social objectives. We find no consistent link between big business stability and public goods provision, egalitarianism, or labor empowerment. While absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, these findings suggest that other explanations, such as special interest politics or behavioral biases favoring the status quo also be considered.

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