Title: Entrepreneurship policy in Brazil: its focus and gaps

Authors: Cândido Borges; Éder Danilo Bezerra; Glessia Silva; Tales Andreassi; Vicente Da Rocha Ferreira

Addresses: Faculdade de Administração, Ciências Contábeis e Ciências Econômicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, 74690-900 - Goiânia-GO, Brazil ' Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Av. 9 de Julho, 2029, 01313-902 São Paulo-SP, Brazil ' Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Campus Sertão, Rodovia AL 145, Km 3, nº 3849, 57480-000 Delmiro Gouveia-AL, Brazil ' Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Av. 9 de Julho, 2029, 01313-902 São Paulo-SP, Brazil ' Faculdade de Administração, Ciências, Contábeis e Ciências Econômicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, 74690-900 - Goiânia-GO, Brazil

Abstract: This article presents an overview of public entrepreneurship policies in Brazil, and categorises them according to a model with eight types of entrepreneurship policy. In doing so, documents on public entrepreneurship policies on the websites of the 39 ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government were consulted. The results showed that public entrepreneurship policies in Brazil focus more on maintaining existing businesses, with finance policies and support for entrepreneurial, technological and innovation policies. However, few policies directly contribute to increasing the number of entrepreneurs in Brazil. These would include policies for the reduction of entry and exit barriers and policies on improving public infrastructure. It was also found that there are few policies on the promotion of entrepreneurship culture and education, which are essential if entrepreneurship is to be seen by more people as a career option.

Keywords: public policy; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship policy; small businesses; small- and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2018.092026

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2018 Vol.34 No.2, pp.183 - 203

Received: 02 May 2016
Accepted: 16 Aug 2016

Published online: 22 May 2018 *

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