Entrepreneurs and New Ideas

42 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2003

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Bruno Biais

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Enrico C. Perotti

University of Amsterdam - Finance Group; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: January 2006


Innovative ideas are novel combinations of productive resources potentially addressing an economic need (Schumpeter, 1926). Even promising ideas can be unprofitable if the proposed combination fails on at least one dimension, e.g., it is technically unfeasible or does not respond to a genuine customer need. To screen good ideas the entrepreneur needs to hire experts who evaluate the idea along their dimensions of expertise. Yet sharing the idea creates the risk that an expert would steal it. In this case, the idea-thief cannot contact any other expert, lest he should in turn steal the idea. Thus idea stealing leads to incomplete screening and is unattractive if the information of the other expert is critical or highly complementary. In such cases the entrepreneur can form a partnership with the experts. Yet very valuable ideas cannot be shared because it is too tempting to steal them.

Keywords: Entreprenuership, innovation, experts, information aggregation, venture capital, ideas

JEL Classification: G31

Suggested Citation

Biais, Bruno and Perotti, Enrico C., Entrepreneurs and New Ideas (January 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=424601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.424601

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