Which institutions encourage entrepreneurial growth aspirations?

Saul Estrin*, Julia Korosteleva, Tomasz Mickiewicz

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We develop entrepreneurship and institutional theory to explain entrepreneurial growth aspirations across individuals and institutional contexts. Our framework generates hypotheses at the national level about the negative impact of higher levels of corruption, weaker property rights and greater government activity on entrepreneurs' aspirations to increase employment. We further explore whether individual's social networks compensate for weaknesses in national institutions. We use the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor surveys in 42 countries for 2001-2006, applying a multilevel estimation framework to test our ideas. We find that the relationship between growth aspiring entrepreneurs and institutions is complex; they benefit simultaneously from strong government (in the sense of property rights enforcement), and smaller government, but are constrained by corruption. Social networks mediate some but not all institutional deficiencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-580
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Business Venturing
Issue number4
Early online date17 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of business venturing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Estrin, S, Korosteleva, J & Mickiewicz, T, 'Which institutions encourage entrepreneurial growth aspirations?' Journal of business venturing, vol.28, no.4 (2012) DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2012.08.001


  • entrepreneurship
  • growth aspirations
  • institutions
  • social networks
  • government


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