The Size Distribution of All Cambodian Establishments

Discussion Papers


by TANAKA Kiyoyasu , HATSUKANO Naomi

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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