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Entrepreneurship in Brazil, China, and Russia

  • Simeon Djankov

    (the World Bank)

  • Yingyi Qian

    (UC Berkeley and NBER)

  • Gerard Roland

    (UC Berkeley and CEPR)

  • Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

    ()

    (New Economic School/CEFIR and CEPR)

We study the determinants of the decision to become an entrepreneur in Russia, China, and Brazil, using unique survey data at the individual level. We find that entrepreneurs have many common characteristics relative to non-entrepreneurs in all three countries. They are more likely to have entrepreneurs among their relatives and friends, place a higher value on work, are happier and perceive themselves as more successful. There are also a few important differences. Russian and Chinese entrepreneurs are more mobile geographically and across jobs. In Brazil, on the contrary, entrepreneurs are less mobile across jobs and industries. Brazil entrepreneurs have higher trust than non-entrepreneurs, while in Russia and China this is not the case. Finally, we confirm that perceptions of institutional environment are an important determinant of individual decisions to expand business.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) in its series Working Papers with number w0066.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cfr:cefirw:w0066
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  8. Simon Johnson & John McMillan & Christopher Woodruff, 2002. "Property Rights and Finance," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(5), pages 1335-1356, December.
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