Business Conditions and Business Starts

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This paper analyses the effect of business conditions on new firm starts. The birth of new firms displays a pro-cyclical behaviour, more firms being created when GDP is growing fast and the interest rate is low. The entry response to industry profitability is tempered by the level of sunk costs; for a given profit signal, more entry occurs where sunk costs are low.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of the Economics of Business
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)295-306
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Entry
  • Business starts
  • Sunk costs

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