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Explaining recent trends in Uk new firm formation rates: evidence from two surveys in South Hampshire

Explaining recent trends in Uk new firm formation rates: evidence from two surveys in South Hampshire
Explaining recent trends in Uk new firm formation rates: evidence from two surveys in South Hampshire
The paper contributes to the debate on the reasons for the increase in business start-ups in the UK since the late 1970s. It compares the results of a survey of new manufacturing firms started since 1979 in South Hampshire with a previously conducted survey of firms started between 1976 and 1979. The study provides partial support for the recession-push explanation: the post-1979 cohort contained a higher proportion of firms started by founders who were unemployed/redundant, although there was no evidence to support other aspects of the recession-push explanation. The study fails to support structural change explanations. In addition, there was no evidence that government assistance to small businesses had been a significant factor in the formation of the post-1979 cohort of new businesses.
0140-9875
University of Southampton
Mason, Colin
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Mason, Colin
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Mason, Colin (ed.) (1988) Explaining recent trends in Uk new firm formation rates: evidence from two surveys in South Hampshire (Urban Policy Research Unit, Working Papers) Southampton, GB. University of Southampton 64pp.

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The paper contributes to the debate on the reasons for the increase in business start-ups in the UK since the late 1970s. It compares the results of a survey of new manufacturing firms started since 1979 in South Hampshire with a previously conducted survey of firms started between 1976 and 1979. The study provides partial support for the recession-push explanation: the post-1979 cohort contained a higher proportion of firms started by founders who were unemployed/redundant, although there was no evidence to support other aspects of the recession-push explanation. The study fails to support structural change explanations. In addition, there was no evidence that government assistance to small businesses had been a significant factor in the formation of the post-1979 cohort of new businesses.

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Published date: November 1988
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 362546
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/362546
ISSN: 0140-9875
PURE UUID: 8f6b75fd-047f-48a7-9da9-54124f95f649

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