Law and the Economics of Entrepreneurship

22 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2007 Last revised: 19 Oct 2007

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Simon C. Parker

University of Western Ontario; Durham University - Department of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics


I show how the law interacts with entrepreneurship in two principal ways. First, legal structures shape organizational forms in entrepreneurship. Second, legal rules and institutions carry public policy implications for entrepreneurship in at least three areas: regulation; bankruptcy legislation; and the broad area of property rights, corruption, and the efficiency of courts. This article reviews the literature on each of these issues.

Suggested Citation

Parker, Simon C., Law and the Economics of Entrepreneurship. Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2007. Available at SSRN:

Simon C. Parker (Contact Author)

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