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Title:Entrepreneurship in the informal economy: evidence from informal institutional environments
Author(s):Skousen, Bradley Reed
Director of Research:Bucheli, Marcelo
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bucheli, Marcelo
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Mahoney, Joseph T.; Bercovitz, Janet; Shah, Sonali
Department / Program:Business Administration
Discipline:Business Administration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):informal economy
Abstract:The informal economy remains understudied and a misunderstood phenomenon. This dissertation examines entrepreneurship in the informal economy by drawing upon a variety of theories in management research to examine antecedents that may explain and predict the entrepreneur’s likelihood of transitioning out of the informal economy. Using data from a unique government survey of an urban slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, empirical findings suggest that examining micro- and firm-level differences between entrepreneurs may inform the field's traditional macro-level theorizing on the informal economy. Implications for policymakers and management research along with potential avenues for future research are discussed.
Issue Date:2016-04-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Bradley Reed Skousen
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-07
Date Deposited:2016-05

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