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EPIC Lab. Evidence-based Policy & Innovation Research Lab.


Investigación basada en evidencia para fortalecer políticas de emprendimiento
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EPIC Lab. Evidence-based Policy & Innovation Research Lab

Evidence-based research
to strengthen entrepreneurship policies

LABORATORY FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH ON INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

WHAT WE DO

We investigate entrepreneurship from a public policies angle

HOW WE DO IT

We identify cause and effect of public programs that promote private enterprise

WHAT WE GENERATE

Evidence-based knowledge

FOR WHOM

Public-policy makers, researchers,
entrepreneurs, accelerators and incubators

OUR GOALS

WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH

To establish research capacity around public policies to achieve world-class entrepreneurship and innovation.

DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE

To socialize the generated knowledge throughout the national and international public and academic ecosystem.

STANDARDIZED DATA COLLECTION

To encourage standardization of data collection and evaluation methodologies for entrepreneurship programs.

BOOST THIRD-PARTY RESEARCH

Facilitate the development of third-party research via the delivery of data from public programs in a standardized way.

OUR MOST RECENT WORK

Paper

Business accelerators and new-venture performance: Evidence from Start-Up Chile

Do business accelerators add value? If so, how? We investigate these questions by focusing on Start-Up Chile, an accelerator sponsored by the Chilean government. Using a regression discontinuity design, we show thementoring services of accelerators can significantly increase new-venture performance by improving the managerial capital of participants. We speculate about the existence of two performance-enhancing mechanisms: the increase in the start-up’s social capital by enabling access to mentor networks, and the provision of an accountability structure in the form of board oversight. We find no support for the causal effect of basic services of cash and co-working space.

Authors

         Gonzalez-Uribe-Juanita-EPL                       Leatherbee-Mike-EPIC-UC

Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe   &   Michael Leatherbee

Paper

Boulevard of Broken Behaviors: Socio-Psychological Mechanisms of Entrepreneurship Policies

This paper explores the use of socio-psychological mechanisms to stimulate entrepreneurial ecosystems. While past research has studied the effects of institutions that use normative, cognitive, regulative and economic mechanisms, this paper assesses the causal relationship between an exogenous treatment that leverages social influences, and subsequent changes in entrepreneurial behaviors. We do this by conducting an in-depth examination of Start-Up Chile, a recent and unorthodox policy that forces a social interaction between domestic and foreign entrepreneurs. We provide evidence about the behavioral differences between two social groups from distinct geographical regions, as well as the assimilation of useful entrepreneurial behaviors as a consequence of the exogenously induced social interaction between these groups. Our results shed light on an unexplored landscape in the design of entrepreneurship policies. By challenging current wisdom about the use of conventional mechanisms of influence, we uncover the effectiveness of socio-psychological mechanisms to cause change where the former may fail to do so.

Authors

Leatherbee-Mike-EPIC-UC                      Charles-Eesley-EPIC-Circle

Michael Leatherbee   &  Charles Eesley

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