Working Paper No. 853

Institutional Entrepreneurship: An Introduction

Published: October 7, 2010, revised October 2011Pages: 28Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Institutions; Property rights; Regulation; Self-employment JEL-codes: H32; L50; M13; O31; P14
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Institutional Entrepreneurship: An Introduction Magnus Henrekson and Tino Sanandaji


In this introductory chapter to a collective volume, we build on Baumol’s (1990) framework to categorize, catalogue, and classify the budding research field that explores the interplay between institutions and entrepreneurship. Institutions channel entrepreneurial supply into productive or unproductive activities, which likely accounts for a great deal of the disparate economic development of nations. What’s more, entrepreneurship is not only influenced by institutions—entrepreneurs often shape institutions themselves. Entrepreneurship abiding by existing institutions is occasionally disruptive enough to challenge the foundations of prevailing institutions. Entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to evade institutions, which tends to undermine the effectiveness of the institutions in question, or cause them to change for the better. Lastly, entrepreneurs can directly alter institutions through innovative political entrepreneurship. Similar to business entrepreneurship, innovative political activity can be either productive or unproductive, depending on the entrepreneurs’ incentives.

 

Magnus Henrekson

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