In the public discussion on business succession, it is generally assumed that the number of companies is larger than the number of companies actually affected by the succession question. This has to do with an unsatisfactory data situation, but also with a number of misconceptions. Only a minority of companies in a dynamic competitive economy remain on the market long enough for the succession issue to come up for them. And the businesses of most solo self-employed people are not fit for a handover.
Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2021 Why there are fewer business successions than generally expected
Kay, R. (2021): Warum weniger Unternehmensnachfolgen anstehen als gemeinhin angenommen, in: Förderkreis Gründungsforschung e.V. und IfM Bonn: Policy Brief 5/21, Bonn.