Entrepreneurs are widely recognized for the vital contributions they make to economic growth and general welfare, yet until fairly recently entrepreneurship was not considered worthy of serious economic study. Today, progress has been made to integrate entrepreneurship into macroeconomics, but until now the entrepreneur has been almost completely excluded from microeconomics and standard theoretical models of the firm. The Microtheory of Innovative Entrepreneurship provides the framework for introducing entrepreneurship into mainstream microtheory and incorporating the activities of entrepreneurs, inventors, and managers into standard models of the firm.
William Baumol distinguishes between the innovative entrepreneur, who comes up with new ideas and puts them into practice, and the replicative entrepreneur, which can be anyone who launches a new business venture, regardless of whether similar ventures already exist. Baumol puts forward a quasi-formal theoretical analysis of the innovative entrepreneur's influential role in economic life. In doing so, he opens the way to bringing innovative entrepreneurship into the accepted body of mainstream microeconomics, and offers valuable insights that can be used to design more effective policies. The Microtheory of Innovative Entrepreneurship lays the foundation for a new kind of microtheory that reflects the innovative entrepreneur's importance to economic growth and prosperity.
"Even as innovative entrepreneurship has emerged as the goal for policymakers around the globe, economists have struggled to find its proper place in microtheory. No more. In this pathbreaking new book, William Baumol provides the blueprint for understanding the crucial role of entrepreneurship and its contribution to innovation and ultimately economic growth. This lively and thoughtful book highlights the distinct role entrepreneurs play in the economy and reveals why the entrepreneur can no longer remain the invisible man in economic theory."--David B. Audretsch, author of The Entrepreneurial Society
"Baumol is one of the giants in the entrepreneurship field. The Microtheory of Innovative Entrepreneurship will be widely read, discussed, and debated, and is likely to have a significant impact on the scholarly conversation."--Peter G. Klein, University of Missouri
"This book is a timely and valuable contribution to the economics of entrepreneurship. Baumol's ambitious goal is to give the entrepreneur his rightful place in economic theory. He demonstrates that, contrary to conventional thinking, the elusive figure of the entrepreneur is indeed amenable to logical economic analysis."--Simon C. Parker, University of Western Ontario
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Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by William J. Baumol: