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The Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship and Foreign Direct Investment

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  • Zoltan J. Acs

    (George Mason University and Max-Planck-Institute of Economics, Jena)

  • David J. Brooksbank

    (University of Glamorgan)

  • Colm O'Gorman

    (Dublin City University)

  • David G. Pickernell

    (University of Glamorgan)

  • Siri Terjesen

    (Queensland University of Technology and Max-Planck-Institute of Economics, Jena)

Abstract

We explore if the Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship, applied to FDI, provides at least a partial explanation for the greater emergence of recent knowledge-based entrepreneurship in Ireland compared with Wales. In order to examine how FDI and entrepreneurship policy in these two regions might have influenced the levels of knowledge-based entrepreneurship, we outline FDI and entrepreneurship policies for Wales and Ireland and key measures of knowledge creation, and evaluate the extent and nature of FDI activity and its relationship with entrepreneurship in general and knowledge-based entrepreneurship in particular. Implications include possible policy directions for countries that are characterized by weak knowledge-creating institutions yet wish to encourage knowledge-based entrepreneurship.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2007-059.

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Keywords: Economic Development; Entrepreneurship; Foreign Direct Investment; Ireland; Knowledge Spillovers; Wales;

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  1. Michael Anyadike-Danes & Mark Hart & Helena Lenihan, 2011. "New business formation in a rapidly growing economy: the Irish experience," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 36(4), pages 503-516, May.
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