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The Survival of Family Firms: The Importance of Control and Family Ties

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  • F. Lotti
  • E. Santarelli

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The aim of this article is to analyze the survival patterns of a group of family firms which have already spent at least 25 years in the market. To this end, we use the Kaplan-Meier product limit estimator supplemented with qualitative information gathered by direct observation and discussions with entrepreneurs. The main findings are that small family firms which have reached their 30th year in the market face a very high risk of sudden exit, increasing with firm age. Further control carried out by means of interviews with entrepreneurs identifies problems connected with succession as one of the main causes of the decision to close down.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna in its series Working Papers with number 461.

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Date of creation: 2002
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  1. Dawn DeTienne & Melissa Cardon, 2012. "Impact of founder experience on exit intentions," Small Business Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 38(4), pages 351-374, May.
  2. Jellal, Mohamed, 2009. "Family Capitalism Corporate Governance Theory," MPRA Paper 17886, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Richard I.D. Harris & Qian Cher Li, . "Export-market dynamics and the probability of firm closure: Evidence for the UK," Working Papers, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow 2008_17, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
  4. Bernadette Power & Gavin C. Reid, 2005. "A Test of Real Options Logic," CRIEFF Discussion Papers, Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm 0509, Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm.
  5. Cucculelli, Marco & Micucci, Giacinto, 2008. "Family succession and firm performance: Evidence from Italian family firms," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 14(1), pages 17-31, February.
  6. Aleid E. Brouwer, 2003. "An empirical study on the relationship between the spatial environment and the survival of old firms in the Netherlands," ERSA conference papers ersa03p108, European Regional Science Association.
  7. Harris, Richard I.D. & Li, Qian Cher, 2008. "Export-market dynamics and the probability of firm closure: Evidence for the UK," SIRE Discussion Papers, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) 2008-28, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

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