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Religion, social class, and entrepreneurial choice

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  • Audretsch, David B.
  • Bönte, Werner
  • Tamvada, Jagannadha Pawan

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While considerable concern has emerged about the links between religion and economic growth, little is actually known about how religion and social class impact the decision making of individuals. Using institutional theory and social dominance theory, this paper examines the influence of religion and social class on individuals' occupational choices. Based on a large-scale database from India, this paper finds that while some religions are relatively conducive to self-employment, some others have a negative impact on self-employment choices. Furthermore, individuals belonging to social classes that are lower in the social hierarchy are less likely to be self-employed. The role of both religion and social class in influencing the likelihood of choosing self-employment suggests an important link between religion, social class, and occupational decision-making.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

Volume (Year): 28 (2013)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 774-789

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:28:y:2013:i:6:p:774-789

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Keywords: Religion; Social class; Entrepreneurial choice; Occupational choice; Entrepreneurship;

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  1. Rietveld, C.A. & van Burg, E., 2013. "Religious beliefs and entrepreneurship among Dutch protestants," ERIM Report Series Research in Management, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasm ERS-2013-015-STR, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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