Spatial Drivers of Firm Entry in Iran - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Spatial Drivers of Firm Entry in Iran

Iman Cheratian, Saleh Goltabar and Carla Daniela Calá

January, 2019


25 pages

M1. Business Administration
L2. Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
O1. Economic Development

Given the importance of entry promotion to prompt economic growth and promote structural transformation, this paper investigates the regional determinants of firm entry in the 30 Iranian regions, considering four different sizes -micro, small, medium and large-over 2000-2015. Using a new and unique database, we estimate panel non-spatial and spatial lag and error dependence models. We find that regional factors explain firm entry, but the impact is not homogeneous across firms of different size. We also find that most types of firms are influenced by the negative effect of economic sanctions during the sample period.


Iman Cheratian

Assistant Professor, Tarbiat Modares University


Saleh Goltabar

Economic Researcher at Academic Center for Education, Culture, and Research (ACECR) on Tarbiat Modares University


Carla Daniela Calá

Professor of Economics at Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina



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