Entrepreneurship and Institutional Economics


1-    Introduction to the field of entrepreneurship. Main general theories and Institutional Economics.

2-    Methodological issues in the entrepreneurship research (bibliographic resources, main journals, structure of the publications, techniques of analysis, data bases -Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM-, etc.).

3-    Entrepreneurship and environmental factors: Theoretical and empirical approaches.

4-    Informal institutions as a driver of entrepreneurial activity

5-    Formal institutions and optimal policy promotion of entrepreneurship.

6-    The quality of enforcing institutions and entrepreneurship.

7-    Diversity approach in entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial universities, social entrepreneurship, immigrant entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, female entrepreneurial activity, etc.).

8-    Entrepreneurship research agenda in the Spanish and Latin American context. Challenges and future research lines.


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  • Djankov, S., La Porta, R., Lopez-de-Silanes, F, and  A. Shleifer (2002), “The Regulation of Entry” Quarterly Journal of Economics 117(1): 1-37 .
  • Gartner, W.B. (1985),“A Conceptual Framework for Describing the Phenomenon of New Venture Creation”. Academy of Management Review, 10(4): 696-706.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (2012) Data bases. Available at www.gemconsortium.org
  • Gnyawali, D.R. and D.S. Fogel (1994), “Environments for Entrepreneurship Development: Key Dimensions and Research Implications”. Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, 18(4): 43-62.
  • Klapper, L., Laeven, L., and R. Rajan (2006), “Entry regulation as a barrier to entrepreneurship” Journal of Financial Economics, 82: 591-629.
  • Stephen, F.; Urbano, D. and S. Van Hemmen (2009), “The responsiveness of entrepreneurs to working time regulations”. Small Business Economics, 32: 259–276.
  • World Bank (2012), “Starting a Business Methodology” The Doing Business Project. Available at www.doingbusiness.org
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