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Determinants of start-up firm external financing worldwide

  • Nofsinger, John R.
  • Wang, Weicheng
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    The typical new start-up firm acquires external financing in stages through its development. Researchers have frequently examined the later stages of financing; however, they have rarely analyzed the early stages of financing. This study examines the determinants of the initial start-up financing of entrepreneurial firms in 27 countries. There are information asymmetries and moral hazard problems inherent in the funding of an initial start-up firm. Empirical results show that institutional investors rely on the experience of entrepreneurs in managing start-ups and the quality of investor protection to reduce moral hazard. On the other hand, informal investors are also common in initial start-up funding. They tend to be attracted to the type of products in the new firm. In comparison, informal investors are likely to have a social relationship with the entrepreneur, and thus have information about that person's skill and character, which renders entrepreneurial experience less important.

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    Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 9 (September)
    Pages: 2282-2294

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