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Promoting or inhibiting: The role of housing price in entrepreneurship

Mingzhi Hu, Yinxin Su and Wenping Ye

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2019, vol. 148, issue C

Abstract: Housing prices have been soaring in China since the past decade. Rising housing prices indicate good opportunities in the labor and housing markets, which can discourage the entrepreneurial investment decisions of would-be entrepreneurs. However, high appreciation in housing prices can also relax credit constraints in setting up nascent businesses and thereby encourage entrepreneurship. This study investigates whether rising housing prices have a pulling or pushing effect on entrepreneurial activities. We find that housing price has a diminishingly negative effect on entrepreneurial activities using data from China's Urban Household Survey and China Statistical Yearbook for Regional Economy for the period 2002–2009. The mechanisms underlying why housing price affects entrepreneurship—labor market opportunities, relaxation of credit constraints, and housing market opportunities—are also investigated. Overall, this study offers new insights into entrepreneurial activities and highlights the negative externalities of overheated housing market to entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Keywords: Housing price; Entrepreneurship; Labor market; Housing market; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J23 R21 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2019.119732

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