Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 405: Regulation, firm dynamics and entrepreneurship

Pontus Braunerhjelm (), Sameeksha Desai () and Johan E. Eklund ()
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Pontus Braunerhjelm: Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS) & Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Postal: Grevgatan 34, 3rd floor, Stockholm, , SE-11453, , Sweden
Sameeksha Desai: Indiana University, Postal: 1315 E. 10th Street, , Bloomington IN, , 47405, USA
Johan E. Eklund: Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Jönköping International Business School, Postal: Grevgatan 34, 3rd floor, Stockholm, , SE-11453, , Sweden

Abstract: Entrepreneurship can have important positive effects linked to job creation, wealth and income generation, innovation and industry competitiveness. Scholars and policy-makers around the world have turned to the regulatory environment as a mechanism through which entrepreneurship can be encouraged, grown and its economic benefits harnessed. The effect of regulatory conditions on entrepreneurship however is not well understood, and can be nuanced given the wide range of regulatory tools and possible areas of impact. This paper serves as the introduction to a special issue, which seeks to shed some light on the relationship between regulation, firm dynamics and entrepreneurship. We identify some foundational considerations relevant to this relationship and discuss key questions, followed by a brief overview of each of the papers contained in the special issue.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; regulation; firm; entry

JEL-codes: K20; L30; L51; M13

14 pages, May 11, 2015

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