Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1203: Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society

Claire Economidou (), Luca Grillo (), Magnus Henrekson () and Mark Sanders ()
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Claire Economidou: University of Piraeus, Postal: Department of Economics, Piraeus, Greece
Luca Grillo: Politecnico di Milano, Postal: Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Milan, Italy
Magnus Henrekson: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden
Mark Sanders: Utrecht University School of Economics, Postal: Utrecht, Netherlands

Abstract: In this paper, we introduce a special issue of Small Business Economics on Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society in Europe. There are many reasons for Europe to want to make the transition to a more entrepreneurial society. And for decades now, policy makers are trying to bring that transition about with variations on the “educate, deregulate and finance”- approach to entrepreneurship. We argue that more fundamental reforms are required to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem and bring about this transition. We then discuss the twelve contributions that pertain to five different facets of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The first two papers address the most fundamental institutional foundations of the ecosystem. The next three papers discuss the (lack of) access to knowledge and incentives to start innovative entrepreneurial ventures. That is followed by three papers that focus on the institutions that (fail to) channel financial resources to such ventures and two papers that analyze the relevance of labor market institutions. The special issue concludes with two papers investigating how the interplay of institutions and productive entrepreneurship results in economic growth.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Institutions; Reform; European Union; Innovation

JEL-codes: D02; L26; O38; O43; P11

14 pages, March 16, 2018

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