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The Rise and Fall of Family Firms in the Process of Development

Maria Rosaria Carillo (), Vincenzo Lombardo () and Alberto Zazzaro ()
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Vincenzo Lombardo: University of Naples Parthenope

No 444, Development Working Papers from Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano

Abstract: This paper explores the causes and the consequences of the evolution of family firms in the growth process. The theory suggests that in early stages of development, valuable family specific human capital stimulated the productivity of family firms and the development process. However, in light of the rise in the importance of managerial talents for firms' productivity in later stages, family firms generated a misallocation of managerial talents, curbing productivity and economic growth. Evidence supports the dual impact of family firms in the development process and the role of socio-cultural characteristics in observed variations in the productivity of family firms.

Keywords: Family firms; economic development and growth; culture and social structure; allocation of talents; industrialization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D2 J62 L26 O14 O33 O4 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-01-22, Revised 2019-01-22
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