The Economics of Small Firms: An Introduction

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Routledge, Aug 21, 2012 - Business & Economics - 162 pages

Student-friendly and international in scope and relevance, this book provides an accessible introduction to the economics of small business for those with little knowledge of economics.

Economics, alongside other disciplines and interacting with them, has some important insights to offer and it is in this context that The Economics of Small Firms examines the formation, survival, growth and financing of small businesses, spatial variations in business formation, the economic role of small businesses, and key policy issues.

This informative text is an essential purchase for anybody studying business and management who is eager for an easy-to-use and engaging overview of economics, entrepreneurship and small business.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Why study small firms?
4
3 The entrepreneurial function
20
4 Setting up in business
32
5 Variations in formation activity
44
6 Survival and growth
64
7 The economic role of small firms
82
8 Finance
100
9 Issues in policy
116
10 Some implications for small business management
129
Notes
134
References
140
Index
150
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