Economics Professors’ Paper Accepted by Canadian Journal

October 3, 2017

BATON ROUGE – “Politics and Entrepreneurship in the U.S.,” a paper co-authored by LSU Department of Economics faculty members Louis-Philippe Beland and Bulent Unel was accepted for publication by the Canadian Journal of Economics.

Testing the commonly accepted belief that Republicans are more pro-business than Democrats, the study investigates the causal impact of a governor’s political affiliation on entrepreneurial activity in the form of small business creation and destruction. Beland and Unel examined more than 300 gubernatorial elections in 50 states over the last three decades. The study finds that Republicans are not different from Democrats in business creation or destruction.

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