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Religious institutions and entrepreneurship

Yaron Zelekha (), Gil Avnimelech () and Eyal Sharabi ()

Small Business Economics, 2014, vol. 42, issue 4, 747-767

Abstract: This article focuses on the impact of religious institutions on entrepreneurship. We find clear evidence that different religious institutions have a significantly different impact on the tendency to become an entrepreneur. Our article makes important contributions to the research of both religion and entrepreneurship. First, it proposes empirical evidence in which the country’s main religion significantly affects its level of entrepreneurship at the macro level. Second, it adds to our theoretical understanding of the mechanisms that characterize the effects of religion on entrepreneurship. We suggest that macro effects of religion as part of the country’s culture and institutions affect the country’s level of entrepreneurship beyond the direct effects of religion on the behavior of the religion’s members in the society. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: Religion; Entrepreneurship; Institutions; Culture; Country; Protestant; LinkedIn; E02; J00; L26; N30; O10; Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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