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Information frictions and entrepreneurship
journal contributionposted on 28.09.2020, 08:51 by Deepak Hegde, Justin Tumlinson
Why do individuals become entrepreneurs? Why do some succeed? We propose two theories in which information frictions play a central role in answering these questions. Empirical analysis of longitudinal samples from the U.S. and the U.K. reveal the following patterns: (i) entrepreneurs have higher cognitive ability than employees with comparable education, (ii) employees have better education than equally able entrepreneurs, and (iii) entrepreneurs' earnings are higher and exhibit greater variance than employees with similar education. These, and other empirical tests support our asymmetric information theory of entrepreneurship that when information frictions cause firms to undervalue workers lacking traditional credentials, workers' quest to maximize their private returns drives the most able into successful entrepreneurship.
- Loughborough University London