Brighter Prospects? Assessing the Franchise Advantage Using Census Data
55 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2017
Date Written: February 01, 2017
This paper uses Census micro data to examine how starting a business as a franchise rather than an independent business affects its survival and growth prospects. We first consider the factors that influence the business owner's decision about being franchised, and then use different empirical approaches to correct for selection bias in our performance analyses. We find that franchised businesses on average benefit from higher survival rates and faster initial growth relative to independent businesses. However, the effects are not large and, conditional on first-year survival, the differences basically disappear. We briefly discuss potential mechanisms to explain these results.
Keywords: Independent Business, Business Survival, Business Growth, Franchising Decision
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