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Does founders’ human capital matter for innovation? Evidence from Japanese start-ups

  • Masatoshi Kato

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    (School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University)

  • Hiroyuki Okamuro

    (Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)

  • Yuji Honjo

    (Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University)

Using a sample from an original questionnaire survey in Japan, this paper explores whether and how founders’ human capital affects innovation outcomes by start-ups. The results provide evidence that founders with greater human capital are more likely to yield innovation outcome. However, because certain types of founders’ human capital may boost R&D investment, which possibly results in innovation outcomes, we estimate the determinants of innovation outcomes by an instrumental variable probit model taking into account the endogeneity of R&D investment. Our findings suggest that specific human capital for innovation, such as founders’ prior innovation experience, is directly associated with innovation outcomes after start-up, while generic human capital, such as founders’ educational background, indirectly affects innovation outcomes through R&D investment.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 78.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
Date of revision: Dec 2011
Handle: RePEc:kgu:wpaper:78
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