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Small Firms and Entrepreneurship
An East-West Perspective

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Zoltan J. Acs, David B. Audretsch, Alan Hughes, Michael Fritsch, Roy Thurik, Jose Mata, B. Incernizzi, R. Revelli, Gerald A. McDermott, Michal Mejstrik, Hans-Gerd Bannasch, Simon Johnson, Gary Loveman, Hans-Peter Brunner
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  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521062046

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  • This book analyzes the relative importance of small firms in developed Western nations and Eastern Europe, identifying their exact role and how this role has evolved over the past fifteen years. It reveals that there has been a consistent shift away from large firms and toward small enterprises within the manufacturing sectors of all Western countries, while the role of small firms in Eastern European nations has been remarkably restricted, suggesting that a major challenge for reform in Central and Eastern Europe is to create the strong entrepreneurial sector that exists in the West.

    • A unique survey of the position of small firms in the economies of western and East European countries
    • Nine countries are discussed, and the book has important implications for economic and political reform in Eastern Europe
    • The editors are leading figures in the field, and are the editors of Small Business Economics: An International Journal
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    Review of the hardback: '… studded with interesting ideas and insights … A useful addition to the still small number of books available on international comparisons of the role of small and medium enterprises.' Small Business Perspective

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521062046
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of contributors
    1. Introduction Zoltan J. Acs and David B. Audretsch
    2. Industrial concentration and small firms in the United Kingdom: the 1980s in historical perspective Alan Hughes
    3. The role of small firms in West Germany Michael Fritsch
    4. Has the role of small firms changed in the United States? Zoltan J. Acs and David B. Audretsch
    5. Recent developments in the firm-size distribution and economics of scale in Dutch manufacturing Roy Thurik
    6. Small firms in Portuguese manufacturing industries José Mata
    7. Small firms and the Italian economy: structural changes and evidence of turbulence B. Invernizzi and Riccardo Revelli
    8. The role of small firms in Czechoslovak manufacturing Gerald A. McDermott and Michal Mejstrik
    9. The evolution of small business in East Germany Hans-Gerd Bannasch
    10. The implications of the Polish economic reform for small business: evidence from Gdansk Simon Johnson and Gary Loveman
    11. The development experience and government policies: lessons for Eastern Europe? Hans-Peter Brunner
    12. Conclusion Zoltan J. Acs and David B. Audretsch

  • Editors

    Zoltan J. Acs, George Mason University, Virginia

    David B. Audretsch, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung


    Zoltan J. Acs, David B. Audretsch, Alan Hughes, Michael Fritsch, Roy Thurik, Jose Mata, B. Incernizzi, R. Revelli, Gerald A. McDermott, Michal Mejstrik, Hans-Gerd Bannasch, Simon Johnson, Gary Loveman, Hans-Peter Brunner

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