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Liquidity Constraints and Entrepreneurial Performance

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  • Hvide, Hans K.

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    (University of Aberdeen, Business School)

  • Møen, Jarle

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    (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

If entrepreneurs are liquidity constrained and cannot borrow to operate on an efficient scale, those with more personal wealth should do better than those with less wealth. We investigate this hypothesis using a unique dataset from Norway. Consistent with liquidity constraints being present, we find a strong positive relationship between founder prior wealth and start-up size. The relationship between prior wealth and start-up performance, as measured by profitability on assets, increases for the main bulk of the wealth distribution and decreases sharply at the top. We estimate that profitability on assets increases by about 8 percentage points from the 10th to the 75th percentile of the wealth distribution. This suggests an entrepreneurial production function with a region of increasing returns. Liquidity constraints may then stop entrepreneurs from being able to exploit a "hump" in marginal productivity. From the 75th to the 99th percentile returns drops by about 10 percentage points. This suggests that an abundance of liquidity may to do more harm than good.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2007/21.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 21 Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2007_021

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Household Finance; Private benefits; Start-ups; Wealth;

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  1. Ramana Nanda, 2008. "Cost of External Finance and Selection into Entrepreneurship," Harvard Business School Working Papers 08-047, Harvard Business School.

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