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The Bulletin on Entrepreneurship

Introducing recent NBER entrepreneurship research and the scholars who conduct it.
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In Do Entrepreneurs Want Control? And Should They Get What They Want? A Historical and Theoretical Exploration (NBER Working Paper 31106), Naomi R. Lamoreaux and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal develop a model of startup financing in which founders and outside investors compete for control of the firm. They apply their framework to study how companies’ outcomes, in particular subsequent innovations, are influenced by which group has the upper hand. The researchers find that no...

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The NBER Bulletin on Entrepreneurship highlights economic research on the factors that stimulate and support successful entrepreneurial activity, the community of entrepreneurs, and the impact of entrepreneurs and the businesses they create on the broader economy. This digital bulletin, distributed twice each year, also introduces a leading scholar of entrepreneurship and highlights NBER projects that promote research on entrepreneurship. The NBER's Entrepreneurship Working Group and related initiatives are supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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