£20,000 grant - project wil run for a maximum 24 months (1 award)
New firms and start-ups are important determinants to job creation, productivity, social mobility and economic growth. Moreover, firm entry and exit determine the (re)allocation of resources between sectors and regions. However, little is known regarding firm-creation and entrepreneurship in Greece, especially in light of the recent economic crisis. Moreover, there is scarcity of evidence regarding the impact of institutions in channeling the supply of entrepreneurial activity, both in terms of level and type, as well as regarding a possibly bidirectional interplay between institutions and various types of entrepreneurs. A similar scarcity of evidence exists with regard to questions of finance, e.g. liquidity constraints, new funding tools etc. To address this research gap, we invite proposals on the broad topic of Crisis and Entrepreneurship in Greece that can touch upon any aspect along the lines of the above parameters. This would include, for instance, proposals for the analysis of the profiles of newly created firms and/or their creators and workforce; research examining the role of entrepreneurship for various indicators of economic activity (employment, wages, growth, innovation, export orientation, foreign direct investment and others) as well as for human capital in the country (skills and training, over-education, brain-gain, etc.); research on the link between specific institutional constraints (employment relations, quality of government, judiciary, and others) and the level and type of entrepreneurial supply in the country (e.g., distinguishing among self-employed, entrepreneurs, start-ups, etc.); research on financial and other constraints to entrepreneurial activity; and others. Successful proposals should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge on their proposed field of study (including relevant publications in international journals), relevant methodological competences (qualitative and/or quantitative), and robust understanding of the Greek economy and its institutional setting.