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With A Little Help From My (Random) Friends: Success And Failure In Post-Business School Entrepreneurship

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To what extent do peers affect the occupational choices? This question has been of particular interest in the context of entrepreneurship and policies to create a favorable environment for entry. Such influences, however, are hard to identify empirically. The authors exploit the assignment of students into business school sections that have varying numbers of classmates with prior entrepreneurial experience. They find that the presence of entrepreneurial peers strongly predicts subsequent entrepreneurship rates of students without an entrepreneurial background, but in a more complex way than the literature has previously suggested: A higher share of entrepreneurial peers leads to lower rather than higher subsequent rates of entrepreneurship.

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