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Who are Russia's Entrepreneurs?

  • Simeon Djankov

    (World Bank,)

  • Edward Miguel

    (UC Berkeley,)

  • Yingyi Qian

    (UC Berkeley,)

  • Gérard Roland

    (UC Berkeley,)

  • Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

    (CEFIR,)

Social scientists studying entrepreneurship have emphasized three distinct sets of variables: the institutional environment, sociological variables, and personal and psychological characteristics. We are conducting surveys in five large developing and transition economies to better understand entrepreneurship. In this short paper, using over 2,000 interviews from a pilot study in Russia, we find evidence that the three sets of variables matter: perceptions of the local institutional environment, social network effects, and individual characteristics are all important in determining entrepreneurial behavior. (JEL: M13, O12, P12) Copyright (c) 2005 The European Economic Association.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2-3 (04/05)
Pages: 587-597

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