Does religiosity influence venture capital investment decisions?

Chircop, J. and Johan, S. and Tarsalewska, M. (2020) Does religiosity influence venture capital investment decisions? Journal of Corporate Finance, 62: 101589. ISSN 0929-1199

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Theories on contextual behavior (e.g., social norm, self-identity, and legitimacy theories) suggest that the religiosity of the geographical area in which an organization operates influences its behavior. Using a sample of 91,020 VC investments in the U.S., we study whether religiosity influences VC investment decisions. Based on prior literature that finds a positive relation between religiosity and risk aversion, we posit that VCs located in more religious counties make less risky investments. We find that VCs located in more religious areas are more likely to be involved in staging and syndication and have a greater propensity to invest in later and expansion stages of portfolio companies. Taken together, our results suggest that VCs located in religious counties tend to be more risk averse.

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Journal of Corporate Finance
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Corporate Finance. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Corporate Finance, 62, 2020 DOI: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2020.101589
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?? religiosityventure capitalrisk aversionfinanceeconomics and econometricsbusiness and international managementstrategy and management ??
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