Animal Spirits and Entrepreneurial Innovation: Theory and Evidence
Angela Cipollone () and
No 1210, Working Papers CASMEF from Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli
This paper proposes and empirically tests a theory of entrepreneurial innovation to explain its high degree of concentration in space and time. In the model, a successful entrepreneurial project is the result of a search and matching process between entrepreneurs looking for funds and capitalists looking for new ideas to finance. The resulting strategic complementarity between them gives rise to a multiplier effect. Moreover, if complementarity is sufficiently strong, multiple equilibria arise, which can be ranked in terms of entrepreneurial activity. Using data from the European and the US business angels markets for the period 1996-2010, we show that (ii) a complementarity exists between business angels and the entrepreneurial projects submitted to them, and that (ii) the result of multiple equilibria is empirically plausible.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship; financing of innovation; search and matching; strategic complementarities; venture capital; business angels. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C78 D83 L26 O32 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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