Capital markets and the evolution of family businesses

Utpal Bhattacharya, B. Ravikumar

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We model a family business as a household operating a production technology in which the household's human capital is a specific business skill. Each generation can either bequeath the business and the business skill to the next generation or sell the business through a financial intermediary and bequeath the revenue. Using a dynamic model, we analyze how the imperfections in primary capital markets affect the evolution of family businesses. Whether recourse to external financing exists or not, our model predicts that family businesses are bigger, last longer, and have lower investment rates in economies with less developed primary capital markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-219
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Business
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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