Watch that space! The county hierarchy in firm births and deaths in the UK, 1980-1999

Michael Anyadike-Danes, Mark Hart, Maureen O'Reilly

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The paper investigates the relationships between registrations, de-registrations and population density at county level in the UK using VAT data for 20 years over the period 1980–1999. The rationale for this is based on the need to understand how the extent to which, in different parts of the UK, differences in the relationship between birth rates and death rates combine to produce an interpretable pattern in net birth rates. The analysis of the net birth rate shows that a strategy aimed at the net birth rate might, in principle, just as well aim at reducing business failure, rather than raising the birth rate. Indeed this might be more efficient, since it implies that less start-ups are ‘‘wasted’’ as it would avoid the necessity, if targets are to be reached, of encouraging those individuals who are patently unsuited to running their own business into business ownership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-292
Number of pages20
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


  • business births and deaths
  • birth rate strategies
  • United Kingdom


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