Highlights | 19 April 2021
Entrepreneurial Human Capital and Firm Dynamics
The paper shows that entrepreneurial human capital is a key driver of firm dynamics using administrative panel data on the universe of firms and workers in Portugal. Firms started by more educated entrepreneurs are larger at entry and exhibit higher life cycle growth. Consistent with an effect on growth, the thickness of the right tail increases with entrepreneur schooling in the cross-section of firm size. The evidence points to several underlying mechanisms, with technology adoption playing the most important part. Accounting for the effect of entrepreneur schooling on firm dynamics can substantially increase aggregate returns to schooling and the fraction of cross-country income differences explained by human and physical capital.
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