Learning to Be an Entrepreneur

50 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2005

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Luigi Guiso

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance

Fabiano Schivardi

Luiss Guido Carli - Department of Economics and Finance; Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

Is entrepreneurial talent entirely innate or do people learn to become entrepreneurs? We extend Lucas's (1978) model of entrepreneurship to allow for the possibility that entrepreneurial talents may be acquired by watching other entrepreneurs in action. This model implies that areas with a greater number of firms have higher average firm productivity. We confirm this prediction using Italian firm level data. We show that the endogenous accumulation of entrepreneurial talents is a more convincing explanation for clusters of firms than heterogeneous entry costs. The evidence supports the role of learning even after controlling for other potential sources of local externalities. We also find that other specific implications of the learning mechanism are confirmed by the data.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, clustering, agglomeration economies, learning

JEL Classification: D24, D62, J23

Suggested Citation

Guiso, Luigi and Guiso, Luigi and Schivardi, Fabiano, Learning to Be an Entrepreneur (October 2005). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5290, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=872749

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