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Entrepreneurship and Growth: A Latin American Paradox?

Cristian Larroulet Vignau and Juan Pablo Couyoumdjian

No 7, Past Working Papers from Universidad del Desarrollo, School of Business and Economics

Abstract: In this article, we examine the evolution of entrepreneurship in Latin America as presented in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) studies. These studies present a key set of internationally comparable statistics on entrepreneurship, which have supplied the data for important studies of the role and determinants of entrepreneurship. Here we propose another study along these lines, relating changes in entrepreneurship to changes in economic performance. We obtain an apparently paradoxical result: Latin America has high levels of entrepreneurship, but relatively modest rates of economic growth. Is it possible that, after all, entrepreneurship does not matter much for economic growth? Or is Latin America somehow immune to the beneficial effects of entrepreneurship? We attempt to explain this apparent puzzle.

Keywords: Financial; Development; &; Growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2009, Revised 2009
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Published in The Independent Review. Journal of Political Economy.

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