The effect of business regulations on nascent and young business entrepreneurship

van Stel, André, Storey, David J and Thurik, A Roy (2007) The effect of business regulations on nascent and young business entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 28 (2-3). pp. 171-186. ISSN 0921898X

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We examine the relationship, across 39 countries, between regulation and entrepreneurship using a new two-equation model. We find the minimum capital requirement required to start a business lowers entrepreneurship rates across countries, as do labour market regulations. However the administrative considerations of starting a business - such as the time, the cost, or the number of procedures required - are unrelated to the formation rate of either nascent or young businesses. Given the explicit link made by Djankov et al. [Djankov et al. 2002, 'The Regulation of Entry', Quarterly Journal of Economics 117(1), 1-37] between the speed and ease with which businesses may be established in a country and its economic performance - and the enthusiasm with which this link has been grasped by European Union policy makers - our findings imply this link needs reconsidering.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: David Storey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:17
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 11:22
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