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Seoul Journal of Economics - Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 265-302
Abbreviation: SJE
ISSN: 1225-0279 (Print)
Print publication date 30 May 2021
Received 30 Dec 2020 Accepted 26 Jan 2021

Heterogeneous Entrepreneurs and Managerial Delegation in an Open Economy
Yang Seung Lee
Yang Seung Lee, Associate Professor, Department of International Trade, Kunsan National University, 558 Daehak-ro, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, 54150, Korea, Tel: 82-63-469-4502 (

JEL Classification: F12, L11, J24


This study examines the impact of firm-level managerial delegation on aggregate economy. First, managerial delegation demands skilled labor and hence affects the labor market. Second, managerial delegation also affects the product market by improving production efficiency. Managerial delegation incurs costs but does not equally benefit firms. Higher entrepreneurial-skill entrepreneurs are selected, which dramatizes the firm size distribution. These entrepreneurs run larger and more productive firms, and contribute to the aggregate economy by creating higher-paying jobs. This paper provides new implication of trade gain, which is larger for the country where managerial delegation is easier.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Skill, Decentralization, Firm Heterogeneity, Management, Monopolistic Competition

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