The absence of evidence in the scholarly literature for a tested long-term relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth is at odds with the importance attributed to entrepreneurship in the policy arena. The present paper addresses this absence, introducing entrepreneurship using four different and accepted models explaining the total factor productivity of twenty OECD countries with data for the period 1969–2010. Traditionally, entrepreneurship is not addressed in these models. We show that in all models—as well as a joint one—entrepreneurship has a significant influence while the remaining effects largely stay the same. Entrepreneurship is measured as the business ownership rate (number of business owners per workforce) corrected for the level of economic development (GDP per capita).

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doi.org/10.1007/s10961-016-9504-5, hdl.handle.net/1765/93491
The Journal of Technology Transfer
Erasmus School of Economics

Erken, H., Donselaar, P. (Piet), & Thurik, R. (2016). Total factor productivity and the role of entrepreneurship. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 1–29. doi:10.1007/s10961-016-9504-5