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Knowledge Spillovers and Entrepreneurs' Export Orientation

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Executive Summary

There is increasing evidence that firms engage in international activities early on in their existence. Consequently, both the entrepreneurship and economics literatures have devoted an increasing amount of attention to the role and importance of entrepreneurs' international activities. In this paper, the authors extend the entrepreneurship and economics literatures by examining macro-level antecedents and outcomes of entrepreneurs' export orientation. On the one hand, the literature on international entrepreneurship has mainly focused on the role of individual and firm-level drivers for early internationalization.

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