This article investigates the determinants of new venture creation across industries and locations for 103 Italian provinces between 1997 and 2003. Allowing for differences in regional opportunities across industries, we investigate the impact of a range of factors, including policy initiatives, on new firm formation in manufacturing, retailing and wholesaling, hotels and restaurants. Our results show that regions with industrial districts are characterized by higher start-up rates in manufacturing and that wage costs deter entry in this industry. Firm entry in commercial sectors appears to be higher in large cities and areas with strong economic progress. For hotels and restaurants we find that tourism positively influences new firm formation. We do not find a significant effect of recently introduced regional laws promoting new firm formation in Italy.

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ERIM Article Series (EAS)
International Small Business Journal
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Verheul, I., Carree, M., & Santarelli, E. (2009). Regional Opportunities and Policy Initiatives for New Venture Creation. International Small Business Journal, 27(5), 608–625. doi:10.1177/0266242609338757