Autocorrelation and Density Dependence in Organizational Founding Rates

Barron, David and Hannan, Michael (1991) Autocorrelation and Density Dependence in Organizational Founding Rates. Sociological Methods and Research, 20 (2). pp. 218-241.


This article assesses the robustness of recent estimates of the effect of density on the founding rates in organizational populations. It reports reanalyses of data on founding rates of six populations of organizations using a generalization of quasi-likelihood estimation that allows specification of autocorrelation processes. Autocorrelation is indeed present in five of the six data sets. However, the main substantive finding of earlier research proves to be robust-a nonmonotonic relationship between density and founding rate-continues to hold in most cases even when autocorrelation is taken into account. In other words, the predicted pattern of nonmonotonic density dependence is robust with respect to the form of autocorrelation investigated.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: organisational sociology
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 12:26
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 14:59

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