The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 1396–1415 | Cite as

R&D transfer, policy and innovative ambitious entrepreneurship: evidence from Latin American countries

  • José Ernesto AmorósEmail author
  • Carlos Poblete
  • Vesna Mandakovic


In this article, we explore the effectiveness of government intervention, R&D, and pro-innovation mechanisms in the likelihood of being an innovative entrepreneur with high ambitions of growing, in the particular context of Latin America and the Caribbean. We use a longitudinal approach, with a multilevel mixed-effects logistic regression procedure. The data comes mainly from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the Global Competitiveness Index. The sample covers 14 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean between 2006 and 2015. The results provide empirical insights about firm and individual characteristics that explain the likelihood of being an innovative and ambitious entrepreneur. We also find that effective and narrowed policies in addition to an innovation-driven environment, also increases innovative-ambitious entrepreneurs. The paper includes implications for policy makers that want to enhance local entrepreneurial framework conditions.


Innovative ambitious entrepreneurship Technology transfer Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Latin America 

JEL Classification

L26 O32 O54 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EGADE Business SchoolTecnológico de MonterreyMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Universidad del DesarrolloSantiagoChile

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