The Impact of Firm Entry Regulation on Long-Living Entrants
31 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2010
Date Written: July 2010
What is the impact of firm entry regulation on sustained entry into self-employment? How does firm entry regulation influence the performance of long-living entrants? In this paper, I address these questions by exploiting a natural experiment in firm entry regulation. After German reunification, East and West Germany faced different economic conditions, but fell under the same law that imposes a substantial mandatory standard on entrepreneurs who want to start a legally independent firm in one of the regulated occupations. The empirical results suggest that the entry regulation suppresses long-living entrants, not only entrants in general or transient, short-lived entrants. This effect on the number of long-living entrants is not accompanied by a counteracting effect on the performance of long-living entrants, as measured by firm size several years after entry.
Keywords: Firm entry regulation, sustained entry, self-employment, firm size
JEL Classification: L50, K20, L25, L26, M13, P52
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