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Financial literacy and youth entrepreneurship in South Africa

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  • Emmanuel Kojo Oseifuah

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to assess the level of financial literacy and impact on youth entrepreneurship in South Africa. Design/methodology/approach - The paper used both desk research and questionnaire complemented by interview to assess the level of financial literacy among youth entrepreneurs in the Vhembe District of the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Findings - The paper reveals that financial literacy among youth entrepreneurs in the Vhembe District appears to be above average and contributes meaningfully to their entrepreneurship skills. Research limitations/implications - Further research is needed to verify in specific and practical terms, the level and impact of financial literacy on youth entrepreneurs in the Vhembe District. Practical implications - Education and training at both high school and tertiary levels with emphasis on financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills may have significant implications for small-, micro-, and medium-sized enterprise development and growth for the youth entrepreneur in Originality/value - The paper is the first to examine the level of financial literacy among youth entrepreneurs in the Vhembe District. The paper therefore sets an important benchmark for further research in this area.

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  • Emmanuel Kojo Oseifuah, 2010. "Financial literacy and youth entrepreneurship in South Africa," African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 1(2), pages 164-182, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:ajempp:v:1:y:2010:i:2:p:164-182
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