The Differential Impact of the Internet on Spurring Regional Entrepreneurship
39 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2005 Last revised: 13 Oct 2013
Date Written: December 14, 2006
This paper studies the effect of the introduction of government provided Internet technology to rural communities on regional entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship increases among larger Internet communities, as the Internet spurs entrepreneurial activities by enabling agglomeration across areas that have a pre-existing cluster of real entrepreneurial activities. However, there is a decrease in entrepreneurship among smaller and more geographically remote Internet communities, as the Internet facilitates the consumption of items and services not produced within such smaller local communities. Overall, virtual entrepreneurial clusters are not independent of real entrepreneurial clusters.
Keywords: Internet, Investment, Regional Development, Government Program
JEL Classification: M13, O18, O21, O22, O33, O38
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