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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|7137||2008||9 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||4312 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 387, Issue 13, 15 May 2008, Pages 3209–3217
Many empirical researches indicate that firm size distributions in different industries or countries exhibit some similar characters. Among them the fact that many firm size distributions obey power-law especially for the upper end has been mostly discussed. Here we present an agent-based model to describe the evolution of manufacturing firms. Some basic economic behaviors are taken into account, which are production with decreasing marginal returns, preferential allocation of investments, and stochastic depreciation. The model gives a steady size distribution of firms which obey power-law. The effect of parameters on the power exponent is analyzed. The theoretical results are given based on both the Fokker–Planck equation and the Kesten process. They are well consistent with the numerical results.
Power-law distributions are widely observed in nature, especially in complex systems, such as the magnitude of earthquakes, moon craters, city populations, the frequency of use of words in many human languages, etc. It draws a great deal of attention from scientists, and a lot of mechanisms to generate power-law distribution have been discussed . In the research of economic systems, power-law distribution is also a typical topic for empirical and theoretical studies. Actually, the Pareto law was first introduced by economists to describe country income distribution . Recently, with the development of econophysics, much more evidence has been found for the power-law distribution, from the returns of financial market, welfare, personal income, to the size of firms and so on. In this paper, we concentrate on the mechanism of power-law distribution of firm sizes. In empirical studies, the size of a business firm is usually measured by the sales, the number of employees, the capital employed or the total assets. Firm size distribution is known to be extremely skewed, which has been generally described by a log-normal distribution since Gibrat , and the upper tail has been described by the Pareto or Zipf law  and . Recent researches on firm size distribution in detail reveal that the firm size distribution can be fitted by power-law precisely with US, Japanese or European firms’ data , , ,  and . Furthermore, the power exponents of the cumulative distribution are all around 1 (ranging from 0.7 to 1.2). Since the Pareto–Zipf law of firm size exhibits some similar characters with that of some physical systems which contain numerous interacting units, this interesting property attracts many scholars working on the perspectives of physics in accordance with these empirical facts , ,  and . Amaral et al. have studied firm size growth dynamics since 1997  and developed a stochastic model, which is a complex system with large number of interacting units, and each unit has its own internal structures and independent growth dynamics. The model can fit well with the empirical result  and . Takayasu’s research was based on firm size dynamics analogy to the aggregation-annihilation reaction model . Axtell has insisted on using complexity approach to deal with the problem, and believed that agent-based modelling together with evolutionary dynamics should be helpful to understand the formation of power-law . Besides, some other models have also been presented, which are based on the competition dynamics , the information transition, herd behaviors , and the proportional growth for the firms’ sizes . On the base of multi-agent model, taken account of production and depreciation as firms’ basic economic behaviors, here we present a multi-agent model to describe the evolution of manufacturing firms. The system includes many individual manufacturing firms. Their sizes are characterized by capital stocks . They give aggregate products by the Cobb–Douglas production function. Then each firm gets preferential returns proportional to its capital stock. And the new capital stock of each firm results both from this investment and a stochastic depreciation. According to the computer simulation, we got a power-law distribution of firm sizes. Moreover, We analyzed the effect of parameters on the power exponents and found that power exponents of the distribution do change along with the parameters. Then the model is simplified to a conserved system without influencing the final firm size distribution. Meanwhile, we analyzed the conserved model theoretically based on Fokker–Planck equation and Kesten process. The final distribution obeys power-law, which is well consistent with the numerical analysis. And the numerical power exponent of the firm size distribution changes the same way with the theoretical value when the parameters get changed. The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the production-depreciation model and shows the final steady distribution of firm sizes by computer simulations. The relations of power exponent with the attractor and depreciation rate are also given. Then in Section 3, the model is simplified into a conserved one, i.e. the total capital stock of the system keeps constant with the evolution of firms. The Fokker–Planck equation for the evolution of firm size distribution is constructed. The final steady distribution is given, which obeys power-law for the upper end and the exponent is determined by the attractor and depreciation rate. The Kesten process gives similar results and they are all consistent well with the computer simulations. Some concluding remarks are given in Section 4.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This article focused on the power-law distribution of firm sizes. Considering the elementary economic behaviors of firms, we presented an evolutionary model of manufacturing firms based on the multi-agent model and obtained a power-law distribution. The result of our model is consistent with lots of empirical researches. According to our study, we believe that random factors given by the stochastic depreciation and preferential allocation are the crucial causes of the power-law distribution. In our model, preferential allocation is represented by the mechanism that a larger firm can get more capital from the total incremental capital. This is a universal mechanism in both nature and social life. Due to this, our model can explain not only the power-law distribution of firm sizes but also power-laws arising in other fields. In steady state, the value of power exponents is more sensitively dependent on the rescaled attractor than the maximal depreciation rate. The distribution of attractors has nearly no effect on the stable distribution of firm sizes. But for the depreciation rate, both its mean value and variance can affect the final size distribution of firms. We applied some methods of statistical physics in our study. With respect to the Langevin equation and by a series of simplifications, we worked out the analytical solution of the model and it generally accorded with the computer simulation. We also applied the Kesten process and obtained the corresponding analytical solution. It is nearly the same as the result of the Fokker–Planck equation and consistent with the simulation as well. To sum up, we find that random factors and preferential allocation are the two main feasible explanations for the power-law distribution in our model. As the two terms appear a great deal in many fields of nature or social life, they can be widely used for explaining power-law distributions in these fields.