Ruta Aidis

  • Current position:
    Senior Fellow, Schar School for Policy and Government, George Mason University; CEO and Founder, ACG Inc.
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Consultant, UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment; Consultant, DFID, UK
  • Research interest:
    Small and medium-size enterprise development (SMEs), entrepreneurship and public policy, female entrepreneurship development, international development, gender issues, economic and institutional development, migration issues, entrepreneurship education and training, quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
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  • Affiliations:
    George Mason University, USA
  • Past positions:
    Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Entrepreneurship and Governance, University College London, 2003–2006; Summer School Assistant Professor, London School of Economics, 2005; Assistant Professor, Maastricht School of Management, 1995–2000.
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, Tinbergen Institute and the University of Amsterdam, 2003
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    It’s great to be part of this new initiative to make research accessible to a broader audience of policymakers and academics
  • Selected publications:
    • “Mapping the gendered ecosystem: The evolution of measurement tools for comparative high-impact female entrepreneur development.” International Journal for Gender and Entrepreneurship (Forthcoming) (with J. Weeks).
    • “Size matters: Entrepreneurial entry and government.” Small Business Economics 39 (2012): 119–139 (with S. Estrin and T. Mickiewicz).
    • “Institutions and entrepreneurship development in Russia: A comparative perspective.” Journal of Business Venturing 23 (2008): 656-672 (with S. Estrin and T. Mickiewicz).
    • “Illegal entrepreneurship experience: Does it make a difference for business performance?” Journal of Business Venturing 22:2 (2007): 283–310 (with M. van Praag).
  • Articles

Do institutions matter for entrepreneurial development?

In post-Soviet countries, well-functioning institutions are needed to foster productive entrepreneurial development and growth

February 2017

10.15185/izawol.334 334

by Ruta Aidis Aidis, R

Supportive institutional environments help build the foundations for innovative and productive entrepreneurship. A few post-Soviet countries have benefitted from international integration through EU membership, which enabled the development of democracy and free market principles. However, many post-Soviet economies continue to face high levels of corruption, complex business regulations, weak rule of law and uncertain property rights. For them, international integration can provide the needed support to push through unpopular yet necessary stages of the reform process.