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Which Factors Affect Landless Peasants’ Intention for Entrepreneurship? A Case Study in the South of the Yangtze River Delta, China

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  • Lu Han

    () (Institute of Land and Urban-Rural Development, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China)

  • Haijun Bao

    () (School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China)

  • Yi Peng

    () (School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China)

Abstract

Landless peasants have been a great concern for both the government and academics in China. Entrepreneurship is promoted as one of the most important approaches to achieving civilization and urbanization. However, few studies have systematically examined the influencing factors of landless peasants’ entrepreneurial intention (EI). This research gap presents barriers for making effective policies to promote entrepreneurship among landless peasants. This study aims to examine the critical factors influencing the EI of landless peasants and their interrelationships. The critical factors of landless peasants’ EI are identified using logistic regression analysis. The logical and structural relationships among critical factors are mined by interpretative structural modeling. A chain of factors with an interrelated and clear hierarchy is built to clarify the explanatory structure of landless peasants’ EI. The results show that the EI of landless peasants is significantly influenced by five factors: gender, achievement motivation, innovation orientation, land expropriation scenario, and entrepreneurial experience. Entrepreneurial experience is a direct surface factor; innovation orientation is an indirect intermediate layer factor; and gender, achievement motivation, and land expropriation scenario are deeply rooted factors. The results provide a good reference for formulating effective entrepreneurship policies to address landless peasants’ employment and sustainable livelihoods.

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  • Lu Han & Haijun Bao & Yi Peng, 2017. "Which Factors Affect Landless Peasants’ Intention for Entrepreneurship? A Case Study in the South of the Yangtze River Delta, China," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(7), pages 1-18, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:9:y:2017:i:7:p:1158-:d:103437
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    1. Hu Mei & Zicheng Ma & Shiwen Jiao & Xiaoyu Chen & Xinyue Lv & Zehui Zhan, 2017. "The Sustainable Personality in Entrepreneurship: The Relationship between Big Six Personality, Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, and Entrepreneurial Intention in the Chinese Context," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(9), pages 1-23, September.

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    Keywords

    landless peasants; entrepreneurial intention (EI); land expropriation scenario; interpretive structural modeling (ISM); China;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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