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The Economics of Entrepreneurship
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This second edition of The Economics of Entrepreneurship is an essential resource for scholars following the current state of this fast-moving field, covering a broad range of topics in unparalleled depth. Designed to be used both as a textbook for specialist degree courses on the economics of entrepreneurship, and as a reference text for academic research in the field, the book draws on theoretical insights and recent empirical findings to show how economics can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship. New topics, such as crowdfunding, entrepreneurship education and microenterprise field experiments, appear for the first time, while existing treatments of topics like regional entrepreneurship, innovation and public policy are considerably deepened. Parker also discusses new empirical methods, including quasi-experimental methods and field experiments. Every section - indeed every page - of the new edition has been updated, resulting in a rigorous scientific account of entrepreneurship today.


‘For those looking to understand the up-to-date thinking and research about entrepreneurship, this is the book for you. Simon C. Parker takes the broad view in weaving together a coherent, integrated and thoughtful analysis of what is known about entrepreneurship, why it matters and how we know it. His careful and meticulous command of the subject combined with lively writing makes his subject come to life. The book is not just essential reading for anyone interested in entrepreneurship but also a pleasure to read.'

David Audretsch - Indiana University

‘The first edition of The Economics of Entrepreneurship is generally considered as a landmark defining the field. Partly thanks to this milestone the field developed quickly. In the second edition Simon C. Parker documents this progress as well as links to neighbouring fields like psychology, innovation, education and finance. This second edition is fascinating and indispensable reading for researchers and students, even more so than the 1st edition.'

Roy Thurik - Erasmus School of Economics and Montpellier Business School

‘Simon C. Parker's The Economics of Entrepreneurship has long been a fundamental reading for entrepreneurship researchers and students. In this new edition, we are brought bang up to date, with important new material on financing, notably venture/angel capital and crowdfunding as well as innovation. Longstanding strengths of the book, for example concerning individual determinants of entrepreneurship and empirical methods, have also been significantly upgraded. This new edition will become the standard reference in the field.'

Saul Estrin - London School of Economics and Political Science

'In my own work I regularly referred to the previous edition of the Economics of Entrepreneurship because it was the definitive text on the subject. The new edition maintains that authoritative position but I see it stretching out to those interested in Entrepreneurship from other disciplines. I hope these scholars will draw upon this new edition so leading to greater comparability and consistency in interpreting the causes and outcomes from Entrepreneurship.'

David Storey, OBE - University of Sussex

'The concepts are well written and easy to understand. The book was intended as a graduate-level textbook; however, it could be a great addition to academic libraries as a reference resource for entrepreneurship researchers.'

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