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The role of entrepreneurship in stimulating economic growth in developed and developing countries


  • Justin Doran
  • Nóirín McCarthy
  • Marie O’Connor


This paper analyses whether different measure of entrepreneurship can explain economic growth. It utilises 14 difference indicators of entrepreneurship to analyse the contribution of entrepreneurial activity, aspirations, and attitudes to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. It also examines whether the importance of entrepreneurship varies across high-income and middle/low-income countries. An unbalanced panel of 55 countries over the time period 2004–2011 is used. Fourteen different indicators of entrepreneurship are utilised and are condensed into three components using principle components analysis. Regression analysis is then used to assess whether these three different components of entrepreneurship drive economic growth. The results indicate that entrepreneurial attitudes are found to stimulate GDP per capita in high-income countries while entrepreneurial activity is found to have a negative effect in middle/low-income economies.

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  • Justin Doran & Nóirín McCarthy & Marie O’Connor, 2018. "The role of entrepreneurship in stimulating economic growth in developed and developing countries," Cogent Economics & Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(1), pages 1442093-144, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oaefxx:v:6:y:2018:i:1:p:1442093
    DOI: 10.1080/23322039.2018.1442093

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    1. Ovidiu Stoica & Angela Roman & Valentina Diana Rusu, 2020. "The Nexus between Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: A Comparative Analysis on Groups of Countries," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(3), pages 1-19, February.
    2. John Bosco Nnyanzi & Bruno L. Yawe & John Ddumba-Ssentamu, 2019. "Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance in Africa: A Sectoral Analysis with Focus on the Role of Finance, Institutions and Globalization," International Journal of Economics and Finance, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 11(1), pages 37-55, January.
    3. Jean-Philippe Boussemart & Hervé Leleu & Zhiyang Shen & Vivian Valdmanis, 2020. "Performance analysis for three pillars of sustainability," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 53(3), pages 305-320, June.
    4. Ahmad Fathi Alheet, 2019. "Investigating the relationship between entrepreneurial activity and economic growth: a case of Middle East," Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues, VsI Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, vol. 7(2), pages 1036-1047, December.

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