Title: The relationship between entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention: evidence from a transition country

Authors: Edmond Çera; Gentjan Çera; Engjell Skreli

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Mostní 5139, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic ' Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Mostní 5139, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic ' Department of Economics and Rural Development Policies, Faculty of Economics and Agribusiness, Agricultural University of Tirana, Rr. 'Pajsi Vodica', 1029 Tirana, Albania

Abstract: Finding ways that foster entrepreneurship is a constant concern for policymakers. Education is seen as a key factor that may contribute in this regard. This study seeks to assess the relationship between entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention in the context of a transition country. Using a dataset of 528 respondents, two groups (treated and controlled) were created following a quasi-experimental research design. To ensure the comparability of these two groups, propensity score matching and coarsened exact matching were performed. The study found a positive relationship between entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention, which is consistent with previous studies. This research provides useful insights for policymakers and universities who are responsible for designing policies or curricula to encourage students to engage in entrepreneurial activities.

Keywords: entrepreneurship education; entrepreneurial intention; propensity score matching; PSM; coarsened exact matching; CEM; transition country; Albania.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2021.117347

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2021 Vol.43 No.4, pp.548 - 569

Received: 26 Jan 2019
Accepted: 28 Feb 2019

Published online: 24 Aug 2021 *

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