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Social proximity and firm performance: the importance of family member ties in workplaces
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7179-347X
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3570-7690
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2796-3547
2016 (English)In: Regional Studies, Regional Science, ISSN 0080-0694, E-ISSN 2168-1376, Vol. 3, no 1, 304-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study empirically assesses the role of social proximity, defined as the concentration of family members (FM) in firms, on firm performance. Based on longitudinal micro-data for the period 1995–2010 connecting information on workers and their workplaces in the Swedish labour market, the effects of FM (parents, children, siblings and grandparents) on per capita productivity in 15,359 firms were analysed. The results indicate that FM positively affect firm performance. In particular, the results suggest that in specialized regions (mainly small regions) FM have a positive influence on performance and can thus compensate for relative shortage of regional agglomeration economies.

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UK: Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 3, no 1, 304-320 p.
Keyword [en]
social proximity; family members; agglomeration; regional size; specialization; firm performance
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Economic Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122009DOI: DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2016.1189354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-122009DiVA: diva2:936447
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P13–1044:1
Available from: 2016-06-14 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-14

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