Working Paper No. 1044

Evasive Entrepreneurship

Published: October 22, 2014, revised November 2015 and March 2016Pages: 33Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Evasion; Innovation; Institutions; Regulation; Self-employmentJEL-codes: L50; M13; O31; P14
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Evasive Entrepreneurship Niklas Elert and Magnus Henrekson


We argue that evasive entrepreneurship is an important, although underrated, source of innovation, and provide the first systematic discussion of the concept. We define evasive entrepreneurship as profit-driven business activity in the market aimed at circumventing the existing institutional framework by using innovations to exploit contradictions in that framework.

We formulate four propositions of evasive entrepreneurship and illustrate them with a number of real life examples, ranging from a secret agreement among Chinese farmers in the 1970s to activities of rides-for-hire startups in the modern sharing economy. We demonstrate that while evasive entrepreneurship can either be productive, unproductive or destructive, it may prevent economic development from being stifled by existing institutions during times of rapid economic change. Furthermore, it can spur institutional change with important welfare effects.

 

 

Niklas Elert

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Magnus Henrekson

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