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New Perspectives On Entrepreneurial Capital Structure

David Robinson

in The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195391244
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195391244.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks

New Perspectives On Entrepreneurial Capital Structure

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This article begins by surveying some macro-level evidence of the importance of banks for start-up activity. Then, because household financial decisions are intertwined with entrepreneurial financing decisions, the article provides a framework for delineating different types of entrepreneurial financing decisions. After this it considers evidence gleaned from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, a multiwave panel of nascent entrepreneurs and the businesses they start. Evidence from the Kauffman Firm Survey, a multiwave panel of firms that were started in 2004, follows. The remainder of the article considers additional sources of evidence and concludes with a discussion of the policy relevance of the importance of debt.

Keywords: capital structure; entrepreneurial firms; start-up activity; financial decisions; entrepreneurial financing decisions; nascent entrepreneurs

Article.  6004 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Financial Markets ; Financial Institutions and Services

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