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Could The Irish Miracle Be Repeated in Hungary?

  • Zoltan Acs
  • Colm O'Gorman
  • Laszlo Szerb
  • Siri Terjesen

It is widely recognized that foreign direct investment (FDI) plays an important role in economic development. Internationalization theory is used to explore how inward FDI impacts entrepreneurial activity. Using data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor we find significant differences in entrepreneurial activity between Ireland and Hungary in both the type of people starting businesses and the opportunities pursued. These results suggest that economic development policies for middle-income countries, like Hungary, should focus on increasing human capital, promote enterprise development, and upgrading the quality of FDI.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group in its series Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy with number 2005-33.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:esi:egpdis:2005-33
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