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Perspectives on the Performance of the Continental Economies$
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Edmund S. Phelps and Hans-Werner Sinn

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015318

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015318.001.0001

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Europe’s Venture Capital Institutions Are Good Enough

Europe’s Venture Capital Institutions Are Good Enough

(p.65) 3 Europe’s Venture Capital Institutions Are Good Enough
Perspectives on the Performance of the Continental Economies

Richard Robb

The MIT Press

This chapter examines venture capital (VC) investments in the U.S. and Europe. It argues that the relative lack of VC investing in Europe is due to the small number of projects that VCs like to fund, rather than the other way around. Despite a few success stories, institutional VC does not contribute meaningfully to innovation in the United States. The chapter suggests that established companies may be an underappreciated source of dynamism.

Keywords:   venture capital industry, investing, investments, United States, Europe, innovation, economic dynamism

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