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Entrepreneurial Motivation and Business Performance: Evidence from a French Microfinance Institution

Abstract : This article examines the link between entrepreneurial motivation and business performance in the French microfinance context. Using hand-collected data on business microcredits from a Microfinance Institution (MFI), we provide an indirect measure of entrepreneurial success through loan repayment performance. Controlling for the endogeneity of entrepreneurial motivation in a bivariate probit model, we find that "necessity entrepreneurs" are more likely to have difficulty repaying their microcredits than "opportunity entrepreneurs". However, type of motivation does not appear to make a difference to business survival. We build a stylized model to develop formal arguments supporting this outcome. We test for the robustness of our results using parametric duration models, and show that necessity entrepreneurs experience difficulties in loan repayment earlier than their opportunity counterparts, corroborating our initial findings.
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Renaud Bourlès, Anastasia Cozarenco. Entrepreneurial Motivation and Business Performance: Evidence from a French Microfinance Institution. Small Business Economics, Springer Verlag, 2018, 51 (4), pp.943-963. ⟨10.1007/s11187-017-9961-8⟩. ⟨halshs-01954474⟩

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