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Entrepreneurial innovation and economic growth

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  • Grossmann, Volker

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A fast growing empirical literature identifies an important role of entrepreneurs for productivity growth. This paper develops a simple overlapping-generations framework with endogenous occupational choice and productivity-enhancing entrepreneurial innovation. It shows that introducing these basic features into R&D-based growth theory has important implications. First, an equilibrium with price-taking firms can be supported despite a constant returns to scale production technology, once entrepreneurial human capital is accounted for. Second, in the proposed model, a larger size of the workforce capable to conduct R&D neither affects the long-run rate of economic growth ("strong scale effect") nor per capita income or welfare ("weak scale effect"). Economic growth is sustained in the long-run and may be policy-dependent.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 31 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 602-613

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:31:y:2009:i:4:p:602-613

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Keywords: Endogenous growth Entrepreneurial skills Occupational choice Price-taking Scale effects;

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Cited by:
  1. Strulik, Holger & Prettner, Klaus & Prskawetz, Alexia, 2012. "The past and future of knowledge-based growth," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 140, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
  2. Strulik, Holger & Prettner, Klaus & Prskawetz, Alexia, 2010. "R\&D-based Growth in the Post-modern Era," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-457, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  3. Volker Grossmann, 2011. "Structural Change, Urban Congestion, and the End of Growth," CESifo Working Paper Series 3626, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Falkinger, Josef & Grossmann, Volker, 2013. "Oligarchic land ownership, entrepreneurship, and economic development," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 206-215.
  5. Felbermayr, Gabriel & Grossmann, Volker & Kohler, Wilhelm, 2012. "Migration, International Trade and Capital Formation: Cause or Effect?," IZA Discussion Papers 6975, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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