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Drivers of entrepreneurship and small business

Publications

  • Smith, H. ,Bennett, R.J. and van Lieshout, C. 2022. Industrial districts, entrepreneurship and the economic geography of Great Britain, 1851-1911, Chapter 2, pp. 10-31, in J.F. Wilson, C. Corker and J. Lane (eds.) Industrial clusters: Knowledge, innovation systems and sustainability in the UK, Routledge.http://doi.org/10.4324/9781003036357
  • Bennett, R. J., Smith, H., Montebruno, P., and van Lieshout, C. 2022. Profitability of small and medium-sized enterprises in Marshall's time: sector and spatial heterogeneity in the nineteenth century, Cambridge Journal of Economics, http://doi.org/10.1093/cje/beab055
  • Bennett, R.J., Montebruno, P., van Lieshout, C. and Smith, H. 2022. Business entry and exit: Career changes of proprietors in England and Wales 1851-81 using record-linkage, Social Science History, https://www.doi.org/10.1017/ssh.2021.48
  • Bennett, R. J and Hannah, L. 2022, British employer census returns in new digital records 1851-81; Consistency, non-response and truncation - what this means for analysis, Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, http://doi.org/10.1080/01615440.2021.2018373
  • Hannah, L. and Bennett, R.J. 2021 Large-scale Victorian Manufacturers: reconstructing the lost 1881 UK employer census. Economic History Review: a journal of economic and social history.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/ehr.13118 LSE WP version
  • Bennett, R.J., Smith, H., Montebruno, P., and van Lieshout, C. 2021. Changes in Victorian entrepreneurship in England and Wales 1851-1911: Methodology and business population estimates, Business History, http://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2021.1894134
  • Smith, H., Bennett, R. J., van Lieshout, C. and Montebruno, P. 2021. Entrepreneurship in Scotland, 1851-1911, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 41 (1) 2021, 38-64.http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/jshs.2021.0313 ; WP version
  • Bennett, R.J. 2021. The British Business Census of Entrepreneurs (BBCE): Information resources on the business population of entrepreneurs in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. British Archives Council Newsletter, No. 201, 3-5. PDF
  • Bennett R. J. 2021. The BBCE database and research Guild of One Names Studies Journal, Vol. 14 No 1 ; also see: seminar presentation
  • Bennett, R.J., 2021. Blog: 'Atlas of 19th century entrepreneurs from the census' Regional Studies Association Regions e-Zine site, Issue 8, Volume 1, Issue 8 http://DOI: 10.1080/13673882.2021.00001085
  • Smith, H. Bennett, R.J., van Lieshout, C. and Montebruno, P. 2020. Households and entrepreneurship in England and Wales, 1851–1911, The History of the Family.https://doi.org/10.1080/1081602X.2020.1796750
  • Smith, H., Bennett, R.J. and van Lieshout, C. 2020. Entrepreneurship in Birmingham and Manchester, 1851-1911: A Tale of Two Cities?, Midland History. https://doi.org/10.1080/0047729X.2020.1814641
  • Montebruno, P. Bennett, R.J., Smith, H. and van Lieshout, C. 2020. Machine learning classification of entrepreneurs in British historical census data, Information Processing & Management, 57, 3 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ipm.2020.102210
  • van Lieshout, C., Bennett, R.J. and Smith, H., 2020. The British Business Census of Entrepreneurs and firm-size,1851-1881: New data for economic and business historians, Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01615440.2019.1707140
  • van Lieshout, C., Smith, H. and Bennett, R.J., 2020. Female entrepreneurship in England and Wales, 1851-1911. Chapter 3, in: Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: Towards a Global Perspective, eds. J. Aston and C. Bishop (Palgrave Macmillan).https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030334116
  • van Lieshout, C., Smith, H., Montebruno, P. and Bennett, R.J., 2019. Female Entrepreneurship: Business, Marriage and Motherhood in England and Wales, 1851-1911, Social History, 44.4 (Nov 2019). http://doi.org/10.1080/03071022.2019.1656929
  • Smith, H., Bennett, R.J. and van Lieshout, C., 2019. Immigrant Business Proprietors in England and Wales (1851-1911), Continuity and Change, 34/2, 253-76.http://doi: 10.1017/S0268416019000171
  • Bennett, R.J., Smith, H., van Lieshout, C., Montebruno, P., Newton, G., 2019. The Age of Entrepreneurship: Business proprietors, self-employment and corporations since 1851. Routledge International Studies in Business History, London and New York.https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315160375
  • Montebruno, P., Bennett, R.J., van Lieshout, C., Smith, H., 2019. Research data supporting "A tale of two tails: Do Power Law and Lognormal models fit firm-size distributions in the mid-Victorian era?". Mendeley Data http://doi:10.17632/86xkkncmw3.1
  • Montebruno, P., Bennett, R.J., van Lieshout, C., Smith, H. and Satchell, M., 2019. Shifts in agrarian entrepreneurship in mid-Victorian England and Wales. Agricultural History Review, 67, 71-108. Online link
  • Montebruno, P., Bennett, R.J., van Lieshout, C. and Smith, H., 2019. A tale of two tails: Do Power Law and Lognormal models fit firm-size distributions in the Mid-Victorian era? Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, accepted February 2019. doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2019.02.054
  • Bennett. R.J., Smith, H. and Montebruno, P., 2018. The Population of Non-Corporate Business Proprietors in England and Wales 1891-1911, Business History, accepted October 2018. doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2018.1534959
  • Smith, H., Bennett, R.J. and Radicic, D., 2018. Towns in Victorian England and Wales: a new classification. Urban History, 45, 4, pp. 568-594. doi.org/10.1017/S0963926818000020
  • Radicic, D., Bennett, R.J. and Newton, G., 2017. Portfolio entrepreneurship in farming: Empirical evidence from the 1881 census for England and Wales. Journal of Rural Studies, 55, 289-302. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.08.019
    Download of split workforces for each portfolio business 1881
  • Bennett, R.J., 2016. Interpreting business partnerships in late Victorian Britain. Economic History Review, v. 69, p.1199-1227. doi:10.1111/ehr.12327
  • Bennett, R.J. and Newton, G., 2015. Employers and the 1881 population census of England and Wales. Working paper now published with more detail in Local Population Studies, p.29-49.

Earlier publications on modern SMEs, entrepreneurship and business history