Drivers of Entrepreneurship and Post-entry Performance of Newborn Firms in Developing Countries

Prof. Vivarelli, Catholic University of Milano

The aim of this paper is to provide an updated survey of the “state of the art” in entrepreneurial
studies with a particular focus on developing countries (DCs). In particular, the
concept of “entrepreneurship” is critically discussed, followed by a discussion of the institutional,
macroeconomic, and microeconomic conditions that affect the entry of new firms
and the post-entry performance of newborn firms. The reviewed literature bears some
policy implications for the support of the creation new firms, such as the targeting of
policy measures to prospective entrepreneurs who possess high education levels, long previous
job experience, and innovative skills. Specifically, for DCs, tailored subsidies and
support should be coupled with framework and infrastructural policies that are able to
improve the business environment such that new ventures can start and grow.

About the speaker
Marco Vivarelli, (, Ph.D. in Economics and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy, is full professor at the Catholic University of Milano; Research Fellow at IZA, Bonn and Honorary Professor at SPRU, University of Sussex. He is Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. Since 2002 to 2005 he has been Senior Research Economist at the ILO-Geneva. Since 2007 to 2009 he has been Senior Scientist at the JRC-IPTS, European Commission, Seville. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasian Business Review, Associate Editor of Small Business Economics, Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change and referee for many international journals. He is author/editor of various books and his papers have been published in journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Southern Economic Journal, World Development. His research interests include: entrepreneurship; the entry and post-entry performance of newborn firms; the determinants and consequences of R&D and innovation activities.

Venue: Conference Rooom

Date: 09 April 2015

Time: 12:30 - 13:30