Abstract

The use of control variables holds potential to enhance, or hinder, advancement of the entrepreneurship literature. This is because control variables impact research findings and their validity. We examined the use of control variables in the 1,197 works published in 2009-2015 in four leading entrepreneurship journals— ETP, JBV, JSBM, and SEJ. The results indicate that control variables are many times used appropriately; yet, there is room for improvement. The findings indicate a need for researchers to be more diligent and to follow more of the best practices for the use of control variables in future entrepreneurship research.

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