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Location Choices of Graduate Entrepreneurs

Johan Larsson, Karl Wennberg (), Johan Wiklund () and Mike Wright
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Karl Wennberg: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden,
Johan Wiklund: Whitman School of Management, Postal: Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, 721 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244, United States,

No 290, Ratio Working Papers from The Ratio Institute

Abstract: We review complementary theoretical perspectives on location choices of university graduate entrepreneurs derived from the individual-opportunity nexus and local embeddedness perspectives on entrepreneurship. Analysis of the full population of 215,388 graduates from Swedish institutions of higher education between 2002 and 2006 provides support for both location choice perspectives. Overall, 63 % of graduate entrepreneurs start businesses locally in their region of graduation while 37 % start businesses elsewhere. The likelihood of starting locally is substantially higher in metropolitan regions, if the graduate was born locally or has university peer entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial family members in the region of graduation. Implications for theory and public policy are discussed.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Location choice; Universities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 M13 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-edu, nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2017-08-07
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