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How do bankruptcy laws affect entrepreneurship development around the world?

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  • Lee, Seung-Hyun
  • Yamakawa, Yasuhiro
  • Peng, Mike W.
  • Barney, Jay B.
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    How do bankruptcy laws as formal institutions affect entrepreneurship development around the world? Do entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy laws encourage more entrepreneurship development at a societal level? We posit that if bankrupt entrepreneurs are excessively punished for failure, they may give up potentially high-return but inherently high-risk opportunities to start new businesses. Amassing a cross-country database from 29 countries spanning 19Â years (1990-2008), we find that lenient, entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy laws are significantly correlated with the level of entrepreneurship development as measured by the rate of new firm entry.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 505-520

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    Keywords: Bankruptcy laws Entrepreneurship Institutions Institution-based view;

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