Intergenerational Transmission of Entrepreneurial Activity in Spanish Families

  • Sandra Ferrando-Latorre
  • Jorge VelillaEmail author
  • Raquel Ortega
Original Paper


This paper empirically analyzes the existence of intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial activity, from parents to children within Spanish families. We used data from the Survey of Household Finances (Bank of Spain) for the years 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014, which allowed us to identify entrepreneurs as self-employed workers. The entrepreneurial activity of individuals was studied as a function of individual and parental demographics and labor characteristics. We found a significant correlation between the entrepreneurial activity of parents and children, which appeared to have remained unchanged during the last decade and the years of the economic crisis. Furthermore, the intergenerational transmission of occupation from parents to children was stronger for entrepreneurs than for employees.


Intergenerational transmission Entrepreneurship Survey of household finances Spain 

JEL Classification

D11 D12 I21 I32 J24 



This article has benefited from funding from “Cátedra Emprender” (University of Zaragoza-Fundación Emprender en Aragón), and from the Government of Aragón (“Programa Operativo FSE Aragón 2014–2020”). We are grateful from comments from Prof. José Alberto Molina.


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  1. 1.Department of Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economic and Business StudiesUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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