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Does Trust Matter for Entrepreneurship: Evidence from a Cross-Section of Countries

Oasis Kodila-Tedika () and Julius Agbor ()
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Julius Agbor: Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town 7602, South Africa

Economies, 2016, vol. 4, issue 1, 1-17

Abstract: Differences in trust levels between countries explain the observed discrepancies in entrepreneurial spirit amongst them. We test this hypothesis with a cross-section of 60 countries in 2010. Our findings suggest that about half of the variation in entrepreneurial spirit across countries in the world is driven by trust considerations. This result is robust to regional clustering, outliers and alternative conditioning variables. The findings of the study indicate that while formal incentives to nurture entrepreneurship must be maintained, policy makers should also seek to pay attention to the role of trust cultivated through informal networks.

Keywords: trust; institution; entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E F I J O Q (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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