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Title: Entrepreneurship: First Results from Russia

Author(s): Simeon Djankov, Edward Miguel, Yingyi Qian, Gérard Roland and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Publication Date: June 2006


Programme Area(s): Institutions and Economic Performance

Abstract: Studies of the determinants of entrepreneurship have emphasized three distinct perspectives: market institutions, social networks and personal characteristics. Using data from a pilot survey with over 2,000 interviews in 7 cities across Russia, we find evidence for a particularly strong effect of social networks: individuals whose relatives and childhood friends are entrepreneurs are more than twice as likely to be entrepreneurs. Mothers? characteristics play a significant role in determining future entrepreneurs.

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Djankov, S, Miguel, E, Qian, Y, Roland, G and Zhuravskaya, E. 2006. 'Entrepreneurship: First Results from Russia'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.