Exploring the relationship between institutions and entrepreneurship in transition economies

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This paper compares and contrasts behaviour of export-oriented entrepreneurial firms in response to institutional pressures in two peripheral transition economies of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We find appreciable differences in entrepreneurial responses to institutional constraints in the comparator countries. This is argued to have important but varied outcomes on institutional change, with entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, respectively, contributing to lessening and widening of the asymmetry between formal and informal institutions. This paper contributes by developing a more nuanced understanding of the role of entrepreneurs in shaping their institutional fabric and extending scholarly debate to previously under-explored transitional periphery of Central Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2023
Event9th AIB-CEE Chapter Conference 2023: International Business from “East” to “West”: Global Risks and Opportunities - SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 5 Jul 20226 Jul 2023


Conference9th AIB-CEE Chapter Conference 2023
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  • institutions
  • entrepreneurship
  • transition economy
  • institutional asymmetry
  • formal and informal institutions


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