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Who are China's Entrepreneurs?


Simeon Djankov


New Economic School (NES)

Yingyi Qian


University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Gérard Roland


University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya


Paris School of Economics

December 2005


Abstract:     
It has been increasingly recognized that entrepreneurs play a crucial role in successful economies. Yet research on entrepreneurs is rather limited. In this paper we study 414 Chinese entrepreneurs and 561 Chinese non-entrepreneurs with similar age and education characteristics. We find that entrepreneurs differ strongly from non-entrepreneurs in their attitude towards risk and their work-leisure preferences, echoing Schumpeter. Entrepreneurs are much more likely to have family members who were entrepreneurs as well as childhood friends who became entrepreneurs. Finally, failed entrepreneurs score the worst on aptitude tests yet have the best self-reported performance in school.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: China, entrepreneurs

JEL Classification: M13, P50

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Date posted: March 29, 2006  

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Djankov, Simeon and Qian, Yingyi and Roland, Gérard and Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina, Who are China's Entrepreneurs? (December 2005). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=893324 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.893324

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Simeon Djankov (Contact Author)
New Economic School (NES) ( email )
47 Nakhimovsky Prospekt
Moscow, 117418
Russia
HOME PAGE: http://www.nes.ru
Yingyi Qian
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )
549 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley, CA 94720-0822
United States
510-643-0687 (Phone)
510-642-6615 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~yqian
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Gérard Roland
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )
549 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
United States
510-642-4321 (Phone)
510-642-6615 (Fax)
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Ekaterina V. Zhuravskaya
Paris School of Economics ( email )
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France
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