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ABSTRACT. Entrepreneurship is the main engine of economic growth and prosperity. Previous research has explored both the factors that make individuals more likely to be entrepreneurs and the economic policies that foster entrepreneurial activity. In this paper we explore, for the first time, the relationship between media freedom and entrepreneurial activity. A free press should increase entrepreneurial activity because it increases the flow of ideas and information, leading to both more new discoveries as well as an easier ability for entrepreneurs to market and sell new products and innovations. pp. 71-91

JEL Classification: L26; L82; O43


Key Words: Entrepreneur; Entrepreneurship; Media Freedom; Institutions

Nabamita Dutta
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Sanjukta Roy
West Virginia University
Russell S. Sobel
West Virginia University

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