Financing Constraints, Home Equity and Selection into Entrepreneurship

50 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2014 Last revised: 28 May 2021

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Thais Laerkholm Jensen

Independent

Søren Leth‐Petersen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ramana Nanda

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: May 10, 2021

Abstract

We exploit a mortgage reform that differentially unlocked home equity across the Danish population and study how this impacted selection into entrepreneurship. We find that increased entry was concentrated among entrepreneurs whose firms were founded in industries where they had no prior work experience. In addition, we find that marginal entrants benefiting from the reform had higher pre-entry earnings and that a significant share of entrants started longer-lasting firms. Our results are most consistent with the view that housing collateral enabled high ability individuals with less-well-established track records to overcome credit rationing and start new firms, rather than just leading to `frivolous entry' by those without prior industry experience.

Suggested Citation

Jensen, Thais Laerkholm and Leth-Petersen, Soren and Nanda, Ramana, Financing Constraints, Home Equity and Selection into Entrepreneurship (May 10, 2021). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 15-020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2506111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2506111

Thais Laerkholm Jensen

Independent ( email )

Soren Leth-Petersen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
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Denmark

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Ramana Nanda (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.people.hbs.edu/rnanda

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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