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A Search Model of Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, and Unemployment


  • Robin Boadway
  • Oana Secrieru
  • Marianne Vigneault


The authors develop a search model of venture capital in which the number of successful matches of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists (VCs) at any moment in time is a function of the number of entrepreneurs searching for funds, the number of VCs searching for entrepreneurs, and the number of vacancies posted by each VC. The authors extend the literature by incorporating search unemployment and they explicitly model the occupational choice of individuals to become workers or entrepreneurs. Their analysis shows that, in the market equilibrium, the level of advice VCs offer is inefficiently low compared with the social optimum. Furthermore, the number of vacancies, the level of employment, and the number of potential entrepreneurs are generally either too low or too high relative to their socially optimal level. Policy to achieve the social optimum consists of a capital gains subsidy, an employment tax or subsidy, and an investment tax or subsidy.

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  • Robin Boadway & Oana Secrieru & Marianne Vigneault, 2005. "A Search Model of Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, and Unemployment," Staff Working Papers 05-24, Bank of Canada.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bocawp:05-24

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    1. Angela, Cipollone & Paolo E., Giordani, 2016. "When Entrepreneurs Meet Financiers: Evidence from the Business Angel Market," MPRA Paper 69545, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Rafael Silveira & Randall Wright, 2016. "Venture Capital: A Model of Search and Bargaining," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 19, pages 232-246, January.
    3. Becsi, Zsolt & Li, Victor E. & Wang, Ping, 2013. "Credit mismatch and breakdown," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 109-125.
    4. Paolo Giordani, 2015. "Entrepreneurial finance and economic growth," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 115(2), pages 153-174, June.
    5. Angela Cipollone & Paolo E. Giordani, 2015. "Market Frictions in Entrepreneurial Innovation: Theory and Evidence," Working Papers CELEG 1505, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli.
    6. Rocheteau, Guillaume & Rodriguez-Lopez, Antonio, 2014. "Liquidity provision, interest rates, and unemployment," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 80-101.
    7. Angela Cipollone & Paolo E. Giordani, 2012. "Animal Spirits in Entrepreneurial Innovation: Theory and Evidence," Working Papers CELEG 1201, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli.

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    Financial markets; Fiscal policy; Labour markets;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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