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The Size Distribution of All Cambodian Establishments

Discussion Papers


September 2010


This paper presents empirical evidence on the size distribution of all Cambodian establishments in the nonfarm sector for 2009. Small- and large-scale establishments account for the largest share of employment, pointing to a “missing middle” that is commonly observed in developing countries. The analysis provides little evidence for Zipf’s law because Cambodian industry is characterized by a more dense mass of small establishments than the Zipf distribution would predict.

Keywords: Size distribution, establishments, Zipf’s law, Cambodia
JEL classification: L11, O17, O53

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