Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 943: Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Economic Dynamism: Lessons from a Comparison of the United States and Sweden

Pontus Braunerhjelm () and Magnus Henrekson ()
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Pontus Braunerhjelm: Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Postal: and Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology, , Kungsgatan 33, 7th floor, SE-111 56 Stockholm, Sweden
Magnus Henrekson: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The purpose of this research endeavor—in the form of eight articles—to be published in 2013 in a Special Section of Industrial and Corporate Change is to further our understanding of the extent, character and orientation of entrepreneurial activity in today’s wealthy countries. This is done by means of detailed studies of particular aspects of the rules of the game deemed to be of particular importance for entrepreneurship, innovation-based firm growth and its ensuing impact on the economy. Particular aspects of entrepreneurship and economic dynamism are covered by pairs (or in one case three) coauthors, who are renowned specialists in the area and with deep knowledge of the pertinent institutions in Sweden and the US. These two countries have been argued to be located at either end of the spectrum of the types of capitalism with respect to the degree coordination and government intervention. This introductory essay sets off by giving a short overview of the institutional differences that distinguish these economies, but also stresses that convergence has occurred in the last decades in several respects. Still, as is obvious from the summary of the eight comparative analyses included in the Special Section, considerable differences remain. These constitute the basis for the concluding policy discussion.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Institutions; Firm growth; Economic dynamism

JEL-codes: G28; H30; K30; L26; L53; O43; O57

28 pages, November 23, 2012

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