The Differential Impact of the Internet on Spurring Regional Entrepreneurship

Douglas Cumming, Sofia Johan

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Abstract

This paper studies the effect of the introduction of government provided Internet
technology to rural communities on regional entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship increases among larger Internet communities, as the Internet spurs entrepreneurial activities by enabling agglomeration across areas that have a pre-existing cluster of real entrepreneurial activities. However, there is a decrease in entrepreneurship among smaller and more geographically remote Internet communities, as the Internet facilitates the consumption of items and services not produced within such smaller local communities. Overall, virtual entrepreneurial clusters are not independent of real entrepreneurial clusters.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

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