Economic recession shake-out and entrepreneurship: Evidence from Spain

González-Pernía, José, Guerrero, Maribel, Jung, Andres and Peña-Legazkue, Inaki (2018) Economic recession shake-out and entrepreneurship: Evidence from Spain. BRQ Business Research Quarterly, 21 (3). pp. 153-167. ISSN 2340-9436

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This article aims to gain a better understanding of the relationship between economic recession and entrepreneurship. The process of entrepreneurship, rather than the action itself, is a complex phenomenon, and such complexity surfaces when local context conditions worsen after an economic recession. This paper addresses the issue of how the likelihood of individuals to engage in the creation of new firms is affected by a recessionary climate. Furthermore, the study focuses on how the recession-driven shake-out effect varies across local contexts (i.e., sub-national regions). The case of Spain in the critical period of 2007–2010 is examined by using multilevel logistic mediation models on individual-level and sub-national region-level panel data. The results show that entrepreneurship shrinks during economic downturns, suggesting a pro-cyclical trend. A weaker perception by individuals of business opportunities resulting from the shake-out explains, to a large extent, the lower propensity to create firms during economic recession.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Process of entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial opportunity, Economic recession, Shake-out effect
Subjects: L100 Economics
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 15:19
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 20:50

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