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Small Business Economics

An Entrepreneurship Journal

Small Business Economics OnlineFirst articles

08.12.2018 Open Access

Emergence of entrepreneurial populations: a feature dimensionality approach

This paper studies how increasing dimensionality in a market space feeds into the emergence of a sustainable entrepreneurial population—energy cooperatives in Germany. Our theoretical model conceptualizes the market as a multi-dimensional feature …

06.12.2018 Open Access

Gender, small firm ownership, and credit access: some insights from India

Using a comprehensive dataset on micro, small, and medium enterprises in India, we examine whether the gender of the owner matters in firm performance and in credit access from institutional sources. The study finds significant underperformance in …


The advantages of formalizing networks: new evidence from Italian SMEs

Using a large sample of Italian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), we investigate the effect of business cooperation realized through a “network contract” on the economic performance of network members. We find that establishing a formal …


An effectual leadership perspective for developing rural entrepreneurial ecosystems

This study articulates the importance of an entrepreneurial method approach to leadership, relevant contextual issues, and policy implications for developing entrepreneurial ecosystems in a rural context. The entrepreneurial method is proposed as …


Third-party signals in equity crowdfunding: the role of prior financing

Drawing on signaling theory, this study provides preliminary evidence that prior financing certifies firm quality to investors and reduces information asymmetries in equity crowdfunding. We examine 221 business plans and project descriptions of …

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Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal publishes rigorous research on entrepreneurship, self-employment, family firms, small and medium-sized firms, and new venture creation. The journal has a broad scope, including entrepreneurs' characteristics, occupational choice, new ventures and innovation, firms life courses and performance; as well as the role played by institutions and public policies within local, regional, national and international contexts. Articles published in Small Business Economics typically emphasize the economic and societal relevance of research findings. As a leading entrepreneurship journal, Small Business Economics publishes both theoretical and empirical papers, while encouraging interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research from a broad spectrum of disciplines and related fields.

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