Generalising Gibrat: using Chinese evidence founded on fieldwork

Gavin C. Reid, Zhibin Xu

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This paper reports on determinants of small firm growth and survival, using fieldwork evidence collected by face-to-face and telephone interviews. It extends the ‘basic’ size-age model to a ‘comprehensive’ growth model with two types of additional explanatory variables: firm specific and business environmental. Estimation is by log-linear regression on Chinese cross-section data, with corrections for sample selection bias and heteroskedasticity. Our results from the comprehensive model highlight the importance of location choice and customer orientation for the growth of Chinese private firms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1017-1028
Number of pages12
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number4
Early online date5 Apr 2011
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Models of small firm growth
  • Choice of location
  • Customer orientation
  • Chinese private firms


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