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Productive and Destructive Entrepreneurship in a Political Economy Framework

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  • Douhan, Robin

    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

  • Henrekson, Magnus

    () (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

Abstract

Recent research has highlighted the role of institutions in channeling entrepreneurs into activities with positive or negative effects on overall productivity. Embedding central elements from these theories into a political economy framework reveals the bilateral causal relation between entrepreneurs and institutions. Core features of the entrepreneur force us to view its effects on institutions as more than mechanic general equilibrium adjustments. Three analytically separate channels of influence are isolated, analyzed and exemplified. Entrepreneurs influence formal economic institutions through direct involvement in politics, by using their entrepreneurial talent to wield de facto political power and by altering the effect of formal institutions. We propose a parsimonious framework that incorporates these effects as well as the role of institutions in channeling entrepreneurial talent. We use examples from modern history as a real-world context to illustrate our framework.

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  • Douhan, Robin & Henrekson, Magnus, 2008. "Productive and Destructive Entrepreneurship in a Political Economy Framework," Working Paper Series 761, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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    1. Robin Douhan & Magnus Henrekson, 2010. "Entrepreneurship and second-best institutions: going beyond Baumol’s typology," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 629-643, August.
    2. Sameeksah Desai & Zoltán J. Ács & Utz Weitzel, 2015. "A Model of Destructive Entrepreneurship: Insight for Conflict and Postconflict Recovery," Chapters,in: Global Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Incentives, chapter 1, pages 3-23 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Marcus Dejardin, 2011. "Entrepreneurship and Rent-Seeking Behavior," Post-Print halshs-00616302, HAL.
    4. repec:eee:jbvent:v:32:y:2017:i:5:p:461-475 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Institutions; Regulation; Self-employment;

    JEL classification:

    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • P14 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Property Rights

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