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Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Economic Dynamism: Lessons from a Comparison of the United States and Sweden

  • Braunerhjelm , Pontus

    ()

    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Henrekson, Magnus

    ()

    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

The purpose of this research endeavor—in the form of eight articles—published in this Special Issue of Industrial and Corporate Change is to further our understanding of the extent, character and orientation of entrepreneurial activity in today’s wealthy countries. This is done by means of detailed studies of particular aspects of the rules of the game deemed to be of particular importance for entrepreneurship, innovation-based firm growth and its ensuing impact on the economy. Particular aspects of entrepreneurship and economic dynamism are covered by pairs (or in one case three) coauthors, who are renowned specialists in the area and with deep knowledge of the pertinent institutions in Sweden and the US. These two countries have been argued to be located at either end of the spectrum of the types of capitalism with respect to the degree coordination and government intervention. This introductory essay sets off by giving a short overview of the institutional differences that distinguish these economies, but also stresses that convergence has occurred in the last decades in several respects. Still, as is obvious from the summary of the eight comparative analyses included in this issue, considerable differences remain. These constitute the basis for the concluding policy discussion.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 290.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 23 Nov 2012
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Publication status: Published as Braunerhjelm, Pontus and Magnus Henrekson, 'Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Economic Dynamism: Lessons from a Comparison of the United States and Sweden' in Industrial and Corporate Change, 2013, pages 107-130.
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