Entrepreneurial Exit in Real and Imagined Markets

20 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2008

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Erik Stam

Utrecht University - School of Economics; Utrecht University - Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute

Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research; Tinbergen Institute

Peter van der Zwan

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Date Written: March 2008

Abstract

Entrepreneurs exit their business due to selection mechanisms experienced in the market place. Next to this well known ex-post decision to exit, entrepreneurs select ex-ante whether they are willing to pursue an entrepreneurial career at all, or to give up these entrepreneurial intentions. This paper compares the role of personal and ecological factors as determinants of these two types of selection: exit in real and in imagined markets. Entrepreneurs in imagined markets are more likely to exit in strong welfare state regimes, while real entrepreneurs are more likely to exit when they have low levels of human capital and when they are located in metropolitan areas.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, nascent entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial exit, market selection

JEL Classification: J23, L26

Suggested Citation

Stam, Erik and Thurik, Roy and van der Zwan, Peter, Entrepreneurial Exit in Real and Imagined Markets (March 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1114022 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1114022

Erik Stam

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Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School

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Peter Van der Zwan (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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