Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81169
Authors: 
Douhan, Robin
Henrekson, Magnus
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 716
Abstract: 
We outline a politico-economic growth system centered around the entrepreneur. By defining entrepreneurs in relation to economic rents we are able to develop a more general theory comprising central aspects of research within the fields of entrepreneurship/small business, public choice and new institutional economics. The entrepreneurial function is shown to depend crucially on the existing institutional framework. We also point to the necessity of viewing institutions as endogenously influenced by entrepreneurs. A typology of entrepreneurship is developed to further our understanding of the bilateral effects between institutional context and entrepreneurial activity. We use developments in modern history as a real-world context to substantiate our framework. Particular attention is devoted to the effects of enforcement of property rights and taxation, two of the most prominent institutions in the literature.
Subjects: 
Entrepreneurship
Industrial Policy
Innovation
Property Rights
Regulation
Self-employment
Tax Policy
JEL: 
H32
L25
L50
M13
O31
P14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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