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Credit constraints, entrepreneurial talent, and economic development

  • Bianchi, Milo

In this paper, we formalize the view that economic development requires high rates of productive entrepreneurship, and this requires an efficient matching between entrepreneurial talent and production technologies. We first explore the role of financial development in promoting such efficient allocation of talent, which results in higher production, job creation, and social mobility. We then show how different levels of financial development may endogenously arise in a setting in which financial constraints depend on individual incentives to misbehave, these incentives depend on how many jobs are available, and this in turn depends on the level of financial development. Such complementarity between labor market and financial market development may generate highly divergent development paths even for countries with very similar initial conditions.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/5381.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published in Small Business Economics, 2010, Vol. 34, no. 1. pp. 93-104.Length: 11 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/5381
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