Abstract

Many individuals find themselves in the unenviable position of being unemployed. The desire among the unemployed to found a business is strong, due both to the “pull” of perceived opportunities and to the “push” from a lack of rewarding employment opportunities. Despite growing interest in this phenomenon amongst scholars and policy makers, little is known about the ability of unemployed individuals to transition successfully into entrepreneurship. We address an important, but unanswered, question in this context: How does knowledge obtained through various sources influence the successful transition from unemployment to self-employment?

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