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Entrepreneurship and the spatial context: A panel data study into regional determinants of small growing firms in Scotland

Ross, Andrew G; Adams, John; Crossan, Kenny


Andrew G Ross

John Adams


Entrepreneurship is widely recognised as a key determinant of economic growth, regional prosperity and sustainable development. Using a panel model with data from the value added tax register, this paper estimates spatial variation in small growing firms across 32 Scottish regions for the period 1998–2012. Results show there is considerable variation in small growing firms across Scottish regions and may be explained by demand, supply, policy, cultural factors and agglomeration benefits. Scotland has historically suffered from low levels of entrepreneurial activity; however, this paper provides relevant and timely findings into a form of entrepreneurial activity that until now has largely been overlooked.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 25, 2015
Publication Date 2015-09
Deposit Date Dec 15, 2015
Journal Local Economy
Print ISSN 0269-0942
Electronic ISSN 1470-9325
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 6
Pages 672-688
Keywords Entrepreneurship; panel data; regions; Scotland; small firms;
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