Abstract

Entrepreneurial activities are affected by societal and economic factors that can transform contents of the work and work related qualifications. Thus, entrepreneurship can emerge as highly desirable if unemployment is the other option. We hypothesize that those persons facing the possibility of unemployment, who have transferable capabilities such higher education, or are younger or are female, are prone to find entrepreneurship attractive career choice. Based on earlier research on the gender specific segregation of the labor markets, and the prior knowledge of the importance of the early career stages on entrepreneurship, we also hypothesize that the highly educated young women, who are dissatisfied to their present job situation, are more likely to start up a business than their male peers if they are facing unemployment.

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