On entrepreneurship in conflict: Evidence from Amuda in Northeast Syria

Drawing on an institutional approach, we describe the remarkable expansion of entrepreneurship in an under-conflict area (Amuda-Northeast Syria) and explore its possible role in the future peace in Syria. Our findings indicate that; with the collapse of formal institutions constraining entrepreneurship, the disruption of supply chains and the weakness of new institutions; the entrepreneurs can depend on informal institutions that embrace entrepreneurship and deploy individual and social resources to exploit productive opportunities. Furthermore, those entrepreneurs have a possible positive role in the future development and peace.

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