Why so Many Local Entrepreneurs?

54 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2006

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Claudio Michelacci

Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Olmo Silva

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment; London School of Economics (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

We document that the fraction of entrepreneurs who work in the region where they were born is significantly higher than the corresponding fraction for dependent workers. This difference is more pronounced in more developed regions and positively related to the degree of local financial development. Firms created by locals are more valuable and bigger (in terms of capital and employment), operate with more capital intensive technologies, and are able to obtain greater financing per unit of capital invested, than firms created by non-locals. This evidence suggests that there are so many local entrepreneurs because locals can better exploit the financial opportunities available in the region where they were born. This can help in explaining how local financial development causes persistent disparities in entrepreneurial activity, technology, and income.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, economic and financial development, social capital

JEL Classification: J23, O12, O16, Z13

Suggested Citation

Michelacci, Claudio and Silva, Olmo, Why so Many Local Entrepreneurs? (September 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5828. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=944046

Claudio Michelacci (Contact Author)

Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) ( email )

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28014 Madrid
Spain
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Olmo Silva

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

London School of Economics (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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