The Entrepreneur in Rule-Based Economics

Theory, Empirical Practice, and Policy Design

  • Georg D. Blind

Part of the Economic Complexity and Evolution book series (ECAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Georg D. Blind
    Pages 1-8
  3. A Theory of Entrepreneurship Through the Rule-Based Approach

  4. The Rule-Based Approach in Empirics: A Methodological Sketch

  5. Entrepreneurship in Japan: 1992–2012

  6. Conclusion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-220

About this book


This volume brings together three areas of interest: the rule-based approach, the entrepreneur, and Japan as an empirical application. It highlights the advantages of the rule-based approach for economic analysis by linking different methodological underpinnings. Using these, the author exemplifies how rule-based economics allows a systematic analysis of the entrepreneur as the key figure in bringing about economic change and diversity. The book includes an empirical methodology for applied research in rule-based economics, which it puts to the test in an empirical study of entrepreneurship in contemporary Japan. The choice of entrepreneurship and Japan showcases the integrative power that rule-based economics brings to further breaking a theoretical deadlock and to analytically capturing a very particular economy investigated very little so far. By offering a body of new and original research, the monograph shows how the idea of entrepreneurship as a rule helps to resolve the Schumpeter-Kirzner divide and to develop an empirical approach to the determinants of entrepreneurial activity.


Rule-based economics Entrepreneurship Japan Self-employment Small and medium enterprises

Authors and affiliations

  • Georg D. Blind
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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