Interregional migration of business owners: who moves and how does moving affect firm performance?

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Business owners play an important role in driving regional economic growth, and policy-makers seek to attract and retain such entrepreneurs by most means available. This paper analyses migration patterns, the factors that influence the propensity to move and assesses the relationship between firm performance and individual migration both before and after the move. The results show that (1) known explaining variables of migration propensity also hold for business owners; (2) owners with more substantial firms in terms of turnover and employees are more geographically anchored; and (3) a simultaneous move of residence and firm has an unclear impact on firm performance.


External organisations
  • University of Groningen
  • Uppsala University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Human Geography


  • business owners, migration, regional development, Sweden
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-516
Number of pages14
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number4
Early online date2018 May 11
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch