Entrepreneurship can have important positive effects linked to job creation, wealth and income generation, innovation and industry competitiveness. Scholars and policy-makers around the world have turned to the regulatory environment as a mechanism through which entrepreneurship can be encouraged, grown and its economic benefits harnessed. The effect of regulatory conditions on entrepreneurship however is not well understood, and can be nuanced given the wide range of regulatory tools and possible areas of impact. This paper serves as the introduction to a special issue, which seeks to shed some light on the relationship between regulation, firm dynamics and entrepreneurship. We identify some foundational considerations relevant to this relationship and discuss key questions, followed by a brief overview of each of the papers contained in the special issue.
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Valuable research support is acknowledged from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and Vinnova.
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Braunerhjelm, P., Desai, S. & Eklund, J.E. Regulation, firm dynamics and entrepreneurship. Eur J Law Econ 40, 1–11 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10657-015-9498-8