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Individual And Contextual Determinants Of Entrepreneurship: An International Comparative Analysis


  • Hatos Roxana

    () (Universitatea din Oradea, Facultatea de Stiinte Economice)

  • Hatos Adrian

    () (Universitatea din Oradea, Facultatea de Stiinte Socio-Umane)


Models of entrepreneurial behavior focus usually on individual level factors yet a great deal of beginning and running a business depends on the economic, social and institutional environment. Our analysis uses data from the 2008 European Social Survey to assess the weight of country-level characteristics in explaining individual entrepreneurship measured as self-employment of business ownership. The article starts with a literature review which puts the bases of our hypotheses. The results describe cross country comparisons of entrepreneurship rates, individual and country-level regressions of entrepreneurship. As expected, there are large differences between countries with respect to rates of entrepreneurship. A great part of this variance can be accounted for by the division between the former socialist countries and the rest and by levels of urbanization.

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  • Hatos Roxana & Hatos Adrian, 2010. "Individual And Contextual Determinants Of Entrepreneurship: An International Comparative Analysis," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(2), pages 107-110, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ora:journl:v:1:y:2010:i:2:p:107-110

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    1. Sander Wennekers & Andre van Stel & Niels Noorderhaven & Roy Thurik, 2004. "The Role Of Dissatisfaction And Per Capita Income In Explaining Self-Employment Across 15 European Countries," Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy 2004-11, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group.
    2. Wildeman, R.E & Hofstede, G. & Noorderhaven, N.G. & Thurik, A.R. & Verhorven, W.H.J. & Wennekers, A.R.M., 1998. "Self-Employment in 23 OECD Countries," Papers 9811/e, NEUHUYS - RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM.
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    entrepreneurial behavior; contextual factors; comparative analysis;

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    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics


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