Social Interactions and Entrepreneurial Activity

45 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2009

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Mariassunta Giannetti

Stockholm School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Swedish House of Finance

Andrei Simonov

Michigan State University - Eli Broad Graduate School of Management; Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Abstract

We show that individuals residing in highly entrepreneurial neighborhoods are more likely to become entrepreneurs and invest more into their own businesses, even though their entrepreneurial profits are lower and their alternative job opportunities more attractive. Our results suggest that peer effects create nonpecuniary benefits from entrepreneurial activity and play an important role in the decision to become an entrepreneur. Alternative explanations, such as entry costs, social learning, and informal credit markets, are not supported by the data.

Suggested Citation

Giannetti, Mariassunta and Simonov, Andrei, Social Interactions and Entrepreneurial Activity. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 665-709, Fall 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1486835 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-9134.2009.00226.x

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