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Senior entrepreneurs – the role of social capital for supporting inclusive silver economy in the Swedish countryside

Research project This project examines the effects of population ageing on entrepreneurship from an economic geography perspective.

The project will be based on two basic dimensions of entrepreneurship research: firm formation and firm performance in relation to the specific regional context. In particular, the project focuses on the role of local social capital (LSC) in relation to entrepreneurship in rural Sweden.

Head of project

Marcin Rataj
Postdoctoral fellow

Project overview

Project period:

2023-01-01 2025-12-31


The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research and Charity

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Geography

Research area

Human geography

Project description

Local social capital may substitute other resources that are not available to the local entrepreneurs. This type of substitution is particularly important for entrepreneurs in regions with weaker economies such as rural and peripheral regions, with ageing populations. However, we know little about how local social capital affects entrepreneurship among different age groups of entrepreneurs. By focusing on driving forces and conditions for entrepreneurship among older groups in society, this project will contribute new knowledge about the local conditions that create a favourable business climate. This can be particularly important in regions affected by population ageing, and where the average age of entrepreneurs is already high. If conditions for sustainable entrepreneurship are not created for all the entrepreneurs, there is a risk that existing problems with generational change will become even more pronounced in the future.

Latest update: 2023-04-19