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Who are Russia’s entrepreneurs?

  • Simeon Djankov


    (The World Bank)

  • Edward Miguel


    (UC Berkeley and NBER)

  • Yingyi Qian


    (UC Berkeley and CEPR)

  • Gerard Roland


    (UC Berkeley and CEPR)

  • Ekaterina Zhuravskaya


    (New Economic School/CEFIR and CEPR)

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.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) in its series Working Papers with number w0048.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cfr:cefirw:w0048
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