Location Decisions of Technology-Based Entrepreneurs: Why Some Catalan KISAs Choose to Be Rural?

42 Pages Posted: 23 May 2009

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Yancy Vaillant

Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Business Economics

Christian Serarols

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Esteban Lafuente

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech)

Date Written: May 22, 2009

Abstract

Entrepreneurship has currently become an important element of economic, employment and innovation policy. In this context, the promotion of technology-based firms has become the norm, even in rural areas. Thus, the study presented in this paper analyses the variables that influence the choice of location made by rural and urban Knowledge Intensive Service Activity firms (KISA, hereafter), taking as reference three of the most common theoretical frameworks used to analyse location decision-making: neoclassical, institutional, and behavioural. The results of the quantitative study allows for important policy making recommendations, but also offers significant contributions for entrepreneurship and regional development researchers, as well as practical insights for entrepreneurs.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, new technology-based firms, KISA, location decision, rural policy

JEL Classification: M13, R58

Suggested Citation

Vaillant, Yancy and Serarols, Christian and Lafuente, Esteban, Location Decisions of Technology-Based Entrepreneurs: Why Some Catalan KISAs Choose to Be Rural? (May 22, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1408809 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1408809

Yancy Vaillant

Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Business Economics ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Christian Serarols

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Esteban Lafuente (Contact Author)

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech) ( email )

Barcelona, Barcelona
Spain

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