Title: Entrepreneurship promotion as a tool to counter youth emigration

Authors: Aurelija Petronyte; Aurelija Ulbinaite

Addresses: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vilnius University, Lithuania ' Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Abstract: The purpose of the research is to assess the relationship between youth participation in entrepreneurship promotion initiatives, entrepreneurship, and emigration attitudes. The quantitative test method presented in the article consists of three key parts that have their specifics of evaluation and different methodologies. This method has been used to better understand the similarities and differences between the general global trends and the processes taking place in Lithuania; in terms of youth entrepreneurship, emigration attitudes, and entrepreneurship promotion. A study conducted in the fifth largest region of Lithuania, which has the highest youth unemployment, i.e., Utena Region, did not show a correlation between the analysed elements. The lack of a correlation suggests that while promoting entrepreneurship is a prerequisite for higher entrepreneurship, higher levels of knowledge may not always lead to a greater willingness to start a business.

Keywords: youth; entrepreneurship; emigration intentions; correlation; entrepreneurship promotion; employment; entrepreneurship intentions questionnaire.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEPEE.2021.116456

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 2021 Vol.14 No.4, pp.415 - 442

Received: 10 Sep 2019
Accepted: 25 May 2020

Published online: 30 Apr 2021 *

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