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High-Aspiration Entrepreneurship

Erkko Autio

in The Dynamics of Entrepreneurship

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580866
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728716 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580866.003.0012
High-Aspiration Entrepreneurship

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This chapter analyzes the prevalence of high-aspiration entrepreneurs at both the country and individual level. The descriptive analysis reveals significant variation in high-aspiration entrepreneurship across countries as well as between high and low-income economies. At the country level, the analysis of institutional influences shows the difficulty of firing to be negatively and significantly associated to the prevalence of early-stage high-aspiration entrepreneurs. The individual-level analysis confirms this effect. Thus, overall, the findings suggest that country-level factors exercise an important influence on individual-level entrepreneurial growth aspirations. The analysis also demonstrates the unique value of GEM data for the development of more robust and generalizable models of entrepreneurial growth aspirations.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; high-aspiration entrepreneurship; GEM; difficulty of firing; panel regression; multi-level analysis; growth-oriented entrepreneurs; opportunity costs of doing business

Chapter.  8973 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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