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Entrepreneurship education and the propensity for business creation: testing a structural model


  • Ricardo G. Rodrigues
  • Mario Raposo
  • Joao Ferreira
  • Arminda Do Paco


This study aims to identify the factors that contribute the most to the intention to start up a business. The research also aims to identify the profile of student who is a potential entrepreneur concerning several aspects: personal attributes, family, demographic variables and motivations. Based on a sample of university students, a structural model was tested. Research findings include the idea that entrepreneurship education is the most relevant factor in the propensity for business creation. On the other hand, personal characteristics have an important role in shaping the motivation to start up a business and perceived hurdles have a negative impact on the intention to start one up.

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  • Ricardo G. Rodrigues & Mario Raposo & Joao Ferreira & Arminda Do Paco, 2010. "Entrepreneurship education and the propensity for business creation: testing a structural model," International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 9(1), pages 58-73.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijesbu:v:9:y:2010:i:1:p:58-73

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    1. Wassim J. Aloulou, 2015. "Entrepreneurial Intention among Freshmen Students — Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour in Saudi Context," Journal of Enterprising Culture (JEC), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 23(04), pages 473-500, December.
    2. Marisa Lages & Carla S. Marques & João J. M. Ferreira & Fernando A. F. Ferreira, 2017. "Intrapreneurship and firm entrepreneurial orientation: insights from the health care service industry," International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 837-854, September.
    3. Renato Passaro & Giuseppe Scandurra & Antonio Thomas, 2017. "The Emergence of Innovative Entrepreneurship: Beyond the Intention — Investigating the Participants in an Academic SUC," International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 14(05), pages 1-22, October.


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