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Can Unemployment Insurance Spur Entrepreneurial Activity?

Johan Hombert, Antoinette Schoar, David Sraer, David Thesmar

NBER Working Paper No. 20717
Issued in November 2014

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This is the substantially revised version of a paper previously titled “Should the Government Make it Safer to Start a Business? Evidence From a French Reform”. We thank participants at many conferences and seminars for comments and suggestions. In particular, we are indebted to Ashwini Agrawal, Steve Davis, Guy Laroque, David Matsa, Toby Moskowitz, Marina Niessner, and Elena Simintzi for their valuable insights. The data used in this paper is confidential but not the authors’ exclusive access. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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