A Human Capital Approach to Entrepreneurial Capacity
Entrepreneurial capacity is said to determine the long-run size of the firm. However, it is either a black box or a gift, an exogenous parameter which is beyond economic explanation. This paper formulates the concept as a kind of human capital on the basis of the classical works of Hayek (1945) and Coase (1937, 1960). It then shows that the firm neither expands infinitely, nor shrinks into a negligible entity. Further, the concept is shown to predict that accumulation of physical capital in the economy promotes growth in the average size of firms, as usually observed. Lucas (1978) derives the same prediction, but his reason for it is different. Copyright 1996 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Volume (Year): 63 (1996)
Issue (Month): 250 (May)
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