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Location choices of graduate entrepreneurs
Jonköping University, Sweden; Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Ratio Institute Stockholm, Sweden.
Syracuse University, NY 13244 USA.
Imperial Coll London, England; Swiss Federal Institute Technology, Switzerland.
2017 (English)In: Research Policy, ISSN 0048-7333, E-ISSN 1873-7625, Vol. 46, no 8, p. 1490-1504Article 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 SCIENCE BV , 2017. Vol. 46, no 8, p. 1490-1504
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Entrepreneurship; Location choice; Universities
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141924DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.07.004ISI: 000412035200010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141924DiVA, id: diva2:1149198
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Funding Agencies|European Research Council under the European Unions Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) / ERC grant [324233]; Swedish Research Council [DNR 340-2013-5460]; Riksbankens Jubileumsfond [DNR M12-0301:1]

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