Fostering Entrepreneurship: Promoting Founding or Funding?

33 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017

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Thomas F. Hellmann

University of Oxford - Said Business School; University of Oxford - Said Business School

Veikko Thiele

Queen's University - Smith School of Business

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Date Written: January 31, 2017

Abstract

Governments across the globe are eager to foster entrepreneurial ecosystems, yet there is no consensus on what policies to use. We develop a theory about the equilibrium consequences of two canonical types of entrepreneurship policies: policies that encourage entrepreneurs to found new ventures, and policies that encourage investors to fund new ventures. We distinguish between a short-term impact on current market activity, versus a long-term impact on future activity. Investing in entrepreneurial ventures requires tacit knowledge that is mainly acquired through prior entrepreneurial experience, implying that the supply of capital depends on successful entrepreneurs from prior generations. Recognizing this intergenerational linkage has a profound impact on the market equilibrium, and the effect of entrepreneurship policies. Our analysis identifies a rationale for using funding polices.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, angel investors, start-ups, government policies, ecosystem, overlapping generations, steady state

JEL Classification: D53, D92, G28, L26

Suggested Citation

Hellmann, Thomas F. and Thiele, Veikko, Fostering Entrepreneurship: Promoting Founding or Funding? (January 31, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908955 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2908955

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