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Regional Influences on the Prevalence of Family Versus Non-Family Start-Ups

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  • Bird, Miriam

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    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Wennberg, Karl

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    (Ratio and Stockholm School of Economics)

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We integrate insights from family business and organizational ecology into the entrepreneurship field by constructing a theoretical framework that explains how the regional context impacts family and non-family start-ups in differing ways. Regional count data models based on a rich longitudinal dataset reveal that while economic factors such as population size and growth in regions are primarily associated with the number of non-family start-ups, factors related to regional embeddedness, such as pre-existing small family businesses as well as favorable community attitudes toward small businesses, are more strongly associated with the number of family start-ups. Our research provides support for the notion that ‘the regional context’ is an important yet under-theorized area for research on venture creation and family business.

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Paper provided by The Ratio Institute in its series Ratio Working Papers with number 212.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 19 Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ratioi:0212

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Keywords: Family Business; Start-up; Population Ecology; Regional Science;

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