What Drives Business Performance in Denmark: Does Social Capital and Religious Diversity Matter?

Bodo Steiner, Cong Wang

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    Abstract

    Motivated by the limited evidence on the positive link between social capital, religion and firm performance, this paper explores these potential drivers of firm performance at the firm rather than macro-level by employing a novel approach: we capture social capital and religion at a community level rather than focus on the narrow aspect of entrepreneurs’ own social network and religious beliefs. Using Principal Component Analysis to aggregate various trust, norm, network and religious belief-related variables to construct social capital and religion variables, this paper identifies an overall positive and significant effect of social capital and religion on firm performance in Denmark. These effects are robust to different levels of aggregation (sample structure), different sampling years and alternative measures of firm performance (return on asset, current ratio, solvency ratio and profit margin).
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event18th Uddevalla Symposium 2015: Regional development in an international context - Regional, national, cross border and international factors for growth and development - SDU, Sønderborg, Denmark
    Duration: 11. Jun 201513. Jun 2015
    Conference number: 18th

    Conference

    Conference18th Uddevalla Symposium 2015
    Number18th
    LocationSDU
    Country/TerritoryDenmark
    CitySønderborg
    Period11/06/201513/06/2015

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