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The Economics of Business ValuationTowards a Value Functional Approach$
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Patrick Anderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758307

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758307.001.0001

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The Organization and Scale of Private Business

The Organization and Scale of Private Business

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(p.58) 5 The Organization and Scale of Private Business
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The Economics of Business Valuation
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Patrick L. Anderson

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758307.003.0005

This chapter presents the available information on the number of businesses in the United States, and the number by size class, the share that fulfill a common definition of “small” business, and the data on survivorship rates for newly-established businesses in multiple countries. It critically examines the stylized facts about such businesses in the United States. Finally, it provides updated data on the value of privately-held businesses in the U.S., following the methodology of Anderson (2009). Those data suggest that equity in privately held firms form a larger share of household assets than stocks in publicly-traded firms among U.S. households.

Keywords:   privately held businesses, private firms, value of businesses, survivorship rates, business births and deaths, largest businesses, publicly traded businesses, small business, Anderson, Patrick

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