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Identity and entrepreneurship: do school peers shape entrepreneurial intentions?

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  • Oliver Falck

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  • Stephan Heblich

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  • Elke Luedemann

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We incorporate the concept of social identity into entrepreneurship and analyze the determinants of having entrepreneurial intentions. We argue that an entrepreneurial identity results from an individual’s socialization. This could be parental influence but, as argued in this paper, also peer influence. Based on Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 data in which students report their entrepreneurial intentions at the age of 15, we find that having an entrepreneurial peer group has a positive effect on an individual’s entrepreneurial intentions. We find that the strength of the peer effect in a country is moderated by prevailing values, namely individualism.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Small Business Economics.

Volume (Year): 39 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 39-59

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Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:39:y:2012:i:1:p:39-59

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Keywords: Social identity; Entrepreneurial intentions; Entrepreneurship; Peer effects; J24; L26; Z13;

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  2. Andersson, Martin & Henrekson, Magnus, 2014. "Local Competiveness Fostered through Local Institutions for Entrepreneurship," Working Paper Series 1020, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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