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Table 5 shows the actual and expected numbers of young growing firms about their median size, classified by technology level (high technology and non–high technology) and mode of growth. A median test rejected the null hypothesis of equal proportions about the median for acquiring and non–acquiring non–high technology firms in France (Yates corrected ?2 = 12.92; p<0.005) but did not reject it for high–technology firms (Yates corrected ?2 = 0.26; p>0.1).
Only one high technology firm in Ireland and none in Scotland are recorded as having made an acquisition, compared with 4 non–high technology firms in Ireland and one in Scotland.

TABLE 5
Actual and (expected) numbers of young growing firms about their median size, classified by technology level and mode of growth France


non–high technology firms                                                                       high technology firms

  acquisition organic row total   acquisition organic row total
>median  24 83 107 >median  4 32 36
(82.5) (14.5) (92.5)   (96) (2.9) (33.1)  
<median 5 102 107 <median 2 36 38
(82.5) (14.5) (92.5)   (96) (3.1) (34.9)  
column total 29 185 214 column total 6 68 74

  Ireland


non–high technology firms                                                                high technology firms

  acquisition organic row total   acquisition organic row total
>median  4 17 21 >median  1 2 3
(70)       (77.5)      
<median 0 22 22 <median 0 3 3
(70)       (77.5)      
column total 4 39 43 column total 1 5 6

  Scotland


non–high technology firms                                                           high technology firms

  acquisition organic row total   acquisition organic row total
>median  1 17 18 >median  0 4 4
(81.5)       (102.5)      
<median 0 18 18 <median 0 4 4
(81.5)       (102.5)      
column total 1 35 36 column total 0 4 4

 

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