The ‘play’ of institutions and firm investment: Evidence from a transition economy


According to recent literature in new institutional economics and entrepreneurship, institutions, including formal and informal ones (i.e., the rules) are important. However, in a homogeneous national institutional environment, it is unclear whether and how the execution of institutions (how the rules are implemented) matters. The purpose of this research is to assess the mechanisms that local governments can use to encourage entrepreneurial investment, which determines the future growth potential of small businesses. We find that (i) improving local institutional quality in general boosts entrepreneurial investment; and (ii) more financially constrained firms are more sensitive to informal local governance, while less financially constrained firms are more sensitive to local formal institutions, using a large-scale small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) dataset from Vietnam from 2006 to 2019.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
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Additional Information: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. International Journal of Finance & Economics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License [], which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Acknowledgements: This research is funded by Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under grant number 502.01-2020.01.
Uncontrolled Keywords: financing constraints,firm investment,formal local governance,informal local governance,institutions execution,Vietnam
Publication ISSN: 1099-1158
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Related URLs: https://onlinel ... .1002/ijfe.2796 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-02-27
Published Online Date: 2023-02-27
Accepted Date: 2023-01-29
Authors: Du, Jun (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0449-4437)
Nguyen, Bach (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1527-7443)



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