Direct hysteresis measurements on single submicron structure sizes were performed on epitaxial ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films grown on SrTiO3 with La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 (LSCO) electrodes. The samples were fabricated by focused-ion-beam milling resulting in pad sizes down to 200 nmX200 nm. The influence of parasitic capacitance of the measurement setup was eliminated by applying an enhanced compensation procedure. No size effects were observed in capacitors milled down to 400 nmX400 nm. Thus, a published increase of P1max for decreasing pad size can be explained by the parasitic influence of the setup. Finally, the inaccuracy of increasing coercive voltage due to the coating of the cantilever of the atomic force microscope is discussed. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.