Call For Papers - Special Issue "Entrepreneurship and Local Development"

The Editors of Economics and Business Letters are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on “Entrepreneurship and (local) Development”. The special issue will appear in September 2018 with José Ernesto Amorós (EGADE Business School, Mexico & Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile) as Editor-in-charge.


Motivation and goal

Studies of comparative entrepreneurship tend to focus on national rates of entrepreneurship activity, for example the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) (De Clercq et al., 2013; Levie & Autio, 2011). However, a national high rate of entrepreneurial activity does not necessarily impact the economic development (Shane, 2009). As Baumol (1990) exemplifies, entrepreneurial activities differ, and not all of them have positive effects on the general economy. Additionally, individual allocate their entrepreneurial efforts depending on certain circumstances (Amorós et al., 2017). With the purpose of advancing on the research about the impact of entrepreneurship activities, we want to put focus on entrepreneurship as a local phenomenon. The aim of this special issue is to give additional explanations and more realistic and contextualized portrayal of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship at local level (narrowed geographic space), which means considering those institutional arrangements “beyond geographical proximity and location- specific endowment” (Acs et al. 2016:530).


The topics of interest for this special issue are about, but are not limited to:

  • How new ventures are interacting at local level to improve not only economic but also social development.
  • Related with the previous point, the relevance of informal sector or necessity-based entrepreneurs, understanding that this type of entrepreneurial activities could help to social proposes.
  • The relevance of local formal and informal institutions that shape specific local entrepreneurial activities.
  • The emergence of “entrepreneurial ecosystems” that help to regional and local development.
  • Social entrepreneurship and new forms of hybrid firms that are helping their communities.
  • Community-based new ventures.



Acs, Z.J. et al. (2016): National systems of entrepreneurship, Small Business Economics, 46(4), 527–535.

Amorós, J.E., Ciravegna, L., Mandakovic, V. and Stenholm, P. (2017): Necessity or opportunity? The effects of state fragility and economic development on entrepreneurial efforts, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, DOI: 10.1177/1042258717736857.

Baumol, W.J. (1990): Entrepreneurship: productive, unproductive, and destructive, Journal of Political Economy, 98(5), 893–921.

De Clercq, D., Lim, D.S. and Oh, C.H. (2013): Individual-level resources and new business activity: The contingent role of institutional context, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(2), 303–330.

Levie, J. and Autio, E. (2011): Regulatory burden, rule of law, and entry of strategic entrepreneurs: an international panel study, Journal of Management Studies, 48(6), 1392–1419.

Shane, S. (2009): Why encouraging more people to become entrepreneurs is bad public policy, Small Business Economics, 33(2), 141–149.



We kindly encourage authors to submit their work to EBL following the “guidelines for authors”, and to use the on-line submission system that you can find at: Original manuscripts (max. 2,500 words excluding abstract, references and tables) will be selected through the regular double-blind review process of EBL. Please include the following sentence in your cover letter: “For Special Issue 2018-3 Entrepreneurship”.



  • Submission of papers: April 15, 2018
  • Notification of decisions: June 15, 2018
  • Submission of revised papers: September 10, 2018
  • Notification of final decisions: September 30, 2018


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