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#1585 - Youth and Entrepreneurial Intentions in four South-East European Countries

IRE Vol 16: Issue 3, 2018 , Pages 355-382

Author(s): Edo Rajh, Tamara Jovanov Apasieva, Jelena Budak, Jovo Ateljević, Ljupčo Davčev and Kosovka Ognjenović (NOTE: Authors' affiliations are after the keywords below)

We combine variables from the Theory of Planned Behaviour with additional personality trait and contextual variables to explain entrepreneurial intentions of 1,200 students of economics and business in four South-East European countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia. Among these four countries, entrepreneurial intentions are highest in Macedonia. This can be explained by perceptions such as personal attitude towards entrepreneurship and perceived behavioural control, which positively affect entrepreneurial intentions and which are found to be higher on average in Macedonia. Another striking finding is the lack of explanatory power of the contextual variables (in particular perceived barriers for entrepreneurship) in these countries which are known for their poor business climate. The present study indicates that although young people in these four transition countries hold a positive attitude towards entrepreneurship, they donít show a clear entrepreneurial intent.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial intentions, transition countries, South-East Europe, Theory of Planned Behaviour

Authors' Affiliations: Edo Rajh (The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia), Tamara Jovanov Apasieva (Faculty of Economics, Goce Delcev University in Shtip, Republic of Macedonia), Jelena Budak (The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia), Jovo Ateljević (Faculty of Economics, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ljupčo Davčev (Faculty of Economics, Goce Delcev University in Shtip, Republic of Macedonia) and Kosovka Ognjenović (Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia)

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