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Impediments on the Way to Entrepreneurship-Some New Evidence from the EU’s Post-Socialist World

Batsakis, G. (2014) Impediments on the Way to Entrepreneurship-Some New Evidence from the EU’s Post-Socialist World. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 21 (3). pp. 385-402. ISSN 1462-6004. (doi:10.1108/jsbed-04-2014-0062) (KAR id:35047)


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to shed light on traditionally important determinants

(demographics, peoples’ perceptions, and environmental characteristics) of entrepreneurial

engagement in the post-socialist region of the European Union (EU).

Design/methodology/approach – A rich data set obtained from the Flash Eurobarometer Survey

on Entrepreneurship 2007 is used, while a binomial probit regression model is employed.

Findings – Gender, mother’s occupation, unemployment, and economic growth are reported as

significant determinants of entrepreneurship. The econometric results also suggest that lack of

financial resources, individual’s risk aversion, a large number of start-up procedures, and increased tax

rates are all positively, rather than negatively related to entrepreneurial engagement.

Research limitations/implications – It is suggested that the recent structural changes that have

occurred in the examined region, as well as the transition process under which the examined countries

operate have influenced the attitude of individuals towards entrepreneurial engagement.

Originality/value – The study provides useful information in relation to the attitude of a post-socialist

society towards structural issues which have possibly impeded its engagement to entrepreneurship.

Both the geographic area (post-socialist European countries) and the time the data were collected

(i.e. three years after the examined countries’ accession to the EU) can be perceived as factors of great

interest for both policy makers and entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/jsbed-04-2014-0062
Uncontrolled keywords: Transition economies, Entrepreneurship, European Union, Risk aversion, Bureaucracy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Georgios Batsakis
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2014 09:52 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 11:33 UTC
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