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Entrepreneurship and firm formation across countries

  • Klapper, Leora
  • Amit, Raphael
  • Guillen, Mauro F.
  • Quesada, Juan Manuel

The World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey measures entrepreneurial activity around the world. The database includes cross-country, time-series data on the number of total and newly registered businesses for 84 countries. This paper finds significant relationships between entrepreneurial activity and indicators of economic and financial development and growth, the quality of the legal and regulatory environment, and governance. The analysis shows the importance of electronic registration procedures to encourage greater business registration. These results can guide effective policymaking and deliver new capabilities for identifying the impact of reforms.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4313.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4313
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