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Serial Entrepreneurship in China

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Gueorgui Kambourov (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Field
  • Location
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein, room M3-03
  • Date and time

    April 17, 2023
    11:30 - 12:30

This paper studies entrepreneurship and the creation of new firms in China through the lens of serial entrepreneurs, i.e. entrepreneurs who establish more than one firm, and their differences with non-serial entrepreneurs. Drawing on data on the universe of all firms in China, we document key facts about serial entrepreneurship in China since the early 1990s and develop a theoretical framework to rationalize the role of endowments, ability, and capital market frictions in their behavior. We also examine the key determinants of the sectoral choice for serial entrepreneurs' second firms. Quantitatively, serial entrepreneurs are more productive, raise more capital, and operate larger firms than non-serial entrepreneurs. Moreover, serial entrepreneurs with greater liquidity and whose firms have relatively similar productivity are more likely to operate these firms concurrently rather than sequentially. We also find that less productive serial entrepreneurs are more likely to switch sectors when establishing new firms, with the choice of sector influenced by considerations of risk diversification, upstream and downstream linkages, and sectoral complementarities.

This is joint work with Loren Brandt, Ruochen Dai, Kjetil Storesletten, Xiaobo Zhang.

Some snacks will be provided.

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