This paper investigates the impact of changes in the number of business owners on three measures of economic performance, viz. employment growth, GDP growth and labor productivity growth. Particular attention is devoted to the lag structure. The analysis is performed at the country level for 21 OECD countries. Our results confirm earlier evidence on three stages in the impact of entry on economic performance: an initial direct positive effect, followed by a negative effect due to exiting capacities and finally a stage of positive supply-side effects. The net effect is positive for employment and GDP growth. Changes in the number of business owners have no effect on labor productivity.

Business Ownership, Economic Growth, Entrepreneurship, Lag Structure
Entrepreneurship (jel L26), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), New Firms; Startups (jel M13), Management of Technological Innovation and R&D (jel O32)
Erasmus Research Institute of Management
hdl.handle.net/1765/8126
ERIM Report Series Research in Management
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Carree, M.A, & Thurik, A.R. (2006). The Lag Structure of the Impact of Business Ownership on Economic Performance in OECD Countries (No. ERS-2006-064-ORG). ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/8126

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