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The Economics of Entrepreneurship

Edited by Simon C. Parker, MBA ’80 Professor of Entrepreneurship, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada
This authoritative volume presents key previously published articles which have shaped the literature and which continue to influence research on the economics of entrepreneurship. The editor has selected theoretical, descriptive, policy-orientated and empirical contributions, which analyse the economic structure of entrepreneurship. The book will be an invaluable source of reference for researchers, facilitating easy access to the classic articles in the field.
Extent: 552 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 496 1
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This authoritative volume presents key previously published articles which have shaped the literature and which continue to influence research on the economics of entrepreneurship. The editor has selected theoretical, descriptive, policy-orientated and empirical contributions, which analyse the economic structure of entrepreneurship. The book will be an invaluable source of reference for researchers, facilitating easy access to the classic articles in the field.
‘Simon Parker has brought together a definitive collection of publications showing us the contribution of rigorous economics to the wild field of entrepreneurship.’
– A. Roy Thurik, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
26 articles, dating from 1968 to 1998
Contributors include: Z. Acs, D. Audretsch, W. Baumol, D. Blau, G. Borjas, D. Evans, B. Jovanovic, J. Laffont, R. Lucas, J. Stiglitz
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction Simon C Parker
1. William J. Baumol (1968), ‘Entrepreneurship in Economic Theory’
PART I DETERMINANTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THEORY
2. Robert E. Lucas, Jr. (1978), ‘On the Size Distribution of Business Firms’
3. Kevin M. Murphy, Andrei Shleifer and Robert W. Vishny (1991), ‘The Allocation of Talent: Implications for Growth’
4. Richard E. Kihlstrom and Jean-Jaques Laffont (1979), ‘A General Equilibrium Entrepreneurial Theory of Firm Formation Based on Risk Aversion’
5. Simon C. Parker (1996), ‘A Time Series Model of Self-Employment Under Uncertainty’
PART II DETERMINANTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP: EVIDENCE
6. Hedley Rees and Anup Shah (1986), ‘An Empirical Analysis of Self-Employment in the UK’
7. David M. Blau (1987), ‘A Time-Series Analysis of Self-Employment in the United States’
8. David S. Evans and Linda S. Leighton (1989), ‘Some Empirical Aspects of Entrepreneurship’
9. David G. Blanchflower and Andrew J. Oswald (1998), ‘What Makes an Entrepreneur?’
PART III MINORITY AND FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
10. Robert W. Fairlie and Bruce D. Meyer (1996), ‘Ethnic and Racial Self-Employment: Differences and Possible Explanations’
11. George J. Borjas and Stephen G. Bronars (1989), ‘Consumer Discrimination and Self-Employment’
12. Theresa J. Devine (1994), ‘Characteristics of Self-Employed Women in the United States’
13. George J. Borjas (1986), ‘The Self-Employment Experience of Immigrants’
PART IV ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE: THEORY
14. Joseph E. Stiglitz and Andrew Weiss (1981), ‘Credit Rationing in Markets with Imperfect Information’
15. David de Meza and David C. Webb (1987), ‘Too Much Investment: A Problem of Asymmetric Information’
PART V ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE
16. David S. Evans and Boyan Jovanovic (1989), ‘An Estimated Model of Entrepreneurial Choice Under Liquidity Constraints’
17. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, David Joulfaian and Harvey S. Rosen (1994), ‘Entrepreneurial Decisions and Liquidity Constraints’
18. Thomas Lindh and Henry Ohlsson (1996), ‘Self-Employment and Windfall Gains: Evidence From the Swedish Lottery’
PART VI GROWTH, INNOVATION, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
19. David S. Evans (1987), ‘The Relationship Between Firm Growth, Size and Age: Estimates for 100 Manufacturing Industries’
20. Boyan Jovanovic (1982), ‘Selection and the Evolution of Industry’
21. Zoltan J. Acs and David B. Audretsch (1989), ‘Small-firm Entry in US Manufacturing’
22. Zoltan J. Acs and David B. Audretsch (1988), ‘Innovation in Large and Small Firms: An Empirical Analysis’
23. Steven Klepper (1996), ‘Entry, Exit, Growth, and Innovation over the Product Life Cycle’
PART VII SURVIVAL IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
24. Timothy Bates (1990), ‘Entrepreneur Human Capital Inputs and Small Business Longevity’
25. Robert Cressy (1996), ‘Are Business Startups Debt-Rationed?’
26. Thomas J. Holmes and James A. Schmitz, Jr. (1990), ‘A Theory of Entrepreneurship and its Application to the Study of Business Transfers’
Name Index