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Location choices of graduate entrepreneurs
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7432-7442
Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS), Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden.
Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, United States.
Imperial College London, England, UK.
2017 (English)In: Research Policy, ISSN 0048-7333, E-ISSN 1873-7625, Vol. 46, no 8, 1490-1504 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We review complementary theoretical perspectives on location choices of university graduate entrepreneurs derived from the individual-opportunity nexus and local embeddedness perspectives on entrepreneurship. Analysis of the full population of 215,388 graduates from Swedish institutions of higher education between 2002 and 2006 provides support for both location choice perspectives. Overall, 63% of graduate entrepreneurs start businesses locally in their region of graduation while 37% start businesses elsewhere. The likelihood of starting locally is substantially higher in metropolitan regions, if the graduate was born locally or has university peer entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial family members in the region of graduation. Implications for theory and public policy are discussed. 

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 46, no 8, 1490-1504 p.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship, Location choice, Universities, Location, Embeddedness, Institutions of higher educations, Metropolitan regions, Swedishs, University graduates, Education
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Economic Geography Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37219DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.07.004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85025085482Local ID: IHHövrigtISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37219DiVA: diva2:1139302
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2017-09-07Bibliographically approved

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