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Institutions and Entrepreneurship Development in Russia: A Comparative Perspective

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  • Ruta Aidis,

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    (SSEES, University College London FEE, University of Amsterdam)

  • Saul Estrin

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    (London School of Economics)

  • Tomasz Mickiewicz

    ()

Abstract

In this paper we use a comparative perspective to explore the ways in which institutions and networks have influenced entrepreneurial development in Russia. We utilize Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) data to study the effects of the weak institutional environment in Russia on entrepreneurship, comparing it first with all available GEM country samples and second, in more detail, with Brazil and Poland. Our results suggest that Russia’s institutional environment is important in explaining its relatively low levels of entrepreneurship development, where the latter is measured in terms of both number of startups and of existing business owners. In addition, Russia’s business environment and its consequences for the role of business networks contribute to the relative advantage of entrepreneurial insiders (those already in business) to entrepreneurial outsiders (newcomers) in terms of new business start-ups.

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Paper provided by CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN EUROPE,School of Slavonic and East European Studies,University College London (SSEES,UCL) in its series Working Papers with number 79 Key Words: Entrepreneurship, Institutions, Networks, Russia, Poland, Brazil.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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