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CEP discussion paper
Private Sector Employment Growth, 1998-2004: A Panel Analysis of British Workplaces
Alex Bryson and Satu Nurmi
April 2008
Paper No' CEPDP0861:
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JEL Classification: J21; J23

Tags: employment growth; workplace survival; workplace age; workplace size; human capital; sunk costs

Using nationally representative panel data for British private sector workplaces this paper points to the importance of distinguishing between workplace and firm size when analysing employment growth, and finds that the factors associated with growth differ markedly between single independent establishments and those belonging to multi-site firms. Results also differ according to whether one adjusts for sample selection arising from workplace survival, and according to whether one distinguishes between growth per se and internal, organic employment growth. We find evidence at the plant level that is consistent with creative job destruction.