Twenty-five years of research on institutions, entrepreneurship, and economic growth: what has been learned?

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© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. This paper analyzes an emergent stream of research shedding light on the institutional factors shaping entrepreneurial activity and its effect on economic growth. This integrative analysis spanning a broad spectrum of diverse literature enables a distinction between two different research lines in the field of entrepreneurship. The findings of this study, based on articles from the journals included in the Web of Science database, facilitate a broader comprehension of two separate lines of research, which allows an analysis of the interaction among institutions, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. The systematic literature analysis over the last 25 years (1992–2016) of research reveals that institutions could be related to economic growth through entrepreneurship, which would open new research questions about what institutional factors are conducive to entrepreneurship, which in turn spurs economic growth. Thus, not only is understanding both complex relationships and their possible sequence useful for planning strategies and public policies, but it is also helpful for advancing and providing new insights in these research fields, which could be complementary and interdisciplinary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-49
Number of pages29
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2019


  • Economic development
  • Economic growth
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Formal and informal institutions
  • Institutional approach
  • Systematic literature analysis


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