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Entrepreneurial opportunities in peripheral versus core regions in Chile

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  • José Ernesto Amoros
  • Christian Felzensztein
  • Eli Gimmon

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Governmental policies tend to support and boost entrepreneurship in peripheral regions in many countries. This research revives the debate about specific regional policies designed to foster local new business creation, and the entrepreneurial framework conditions needed at the regional level for emerging regions such as Latin America. We applied one of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s methodologies, the National Experts Survey, to a sample of 695 key informants in Chile at eight regions of which six are classified as peripheral. Using nonparametric statistics we compared the differences between peripheral and core regions. The main results indicate that peripherally located entrepreneurship experts perceive their regions as in a worse position than centrally located experts in terms of finance access and physical infrastructure. On the other hand, the results indicate that peripheral entrepreneurship experts detect more market dynamism in their regions and surprisingly perceive general policy and government programs as supporting entrepreneurship although the Chilean government had not promoted many regional policies.

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  • José Ernesto Amoros & Christian Felzensztein & Eli Gimmon, 2011. "Entrepreneurial opportunities in peripheral versus core regions in Chile," Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Working Paper Series 1106, Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, revised Sep 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:gem:wpaper:1106
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    Keywords

    Entrepreneurship framework conditions; Regional policy; Global Entrepreneurship Monitor; Chile; Entrepreneurship;
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    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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