The Quality of Entrepreneurs

26 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009

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Hans K. Hvide

University of Bergen - Department of Economics; University of Aberdeen - Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Abstract

What determines the quality of entrepreneurs? The article proposes a model of the interaction between individual workers’ decision to become entrepreneurs and employers’ efforts to keep their best workers and ideas. The main prediction from the model is that larger firms produce entrepreneurs of higher quality than smaller firms. Using novel and unique Norwegian data, I find that previous employer size exerts a significant influence on entrepreneurial performance. For example, increasing previous employer size from the 25 percentile to the 75 percentile increases yearly profitability on assets by 6 percentage points.

Suggested Citation

Hvide, Hans, The Quality of Entrepreneurs (0000). Economic Journal, Vol. 119, Issue 539, pp. 1010-1035, July 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1418176 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2009.02257.x

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