Geography of Entrepreneurship: Non-Farm Proprietorship Employment by US County

Authors: Nicole Bignal*, University of North Carolina At Greensboro, Keith Debbage, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: entrepreneurship, non-farm proprietorship, employment, county
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Entrepreneurship has been a driving force of economic development although its effects have been spatially uneven. The entrepreneurial process is a result of the interaction between an individual entrepreneur and the surrounding entrepreneurial ecosystem. The purpose of this paper is to determine whether US counties with disproportionately high shares of non-farm proprietorship (NFP) employment are linked to particular attributes of the entrepreneurial support system. Data for this paper is derived from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis and Census Bureau. The relative share of NFP by county exhibited a strong positive relationship with percent employment in construction, percent Hispanic and median age.

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