Title: Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial activity

Authors: Vegard Johansen

Addresses: Ostlandsforskning (Eastern Norway Research Institute), Torggt. 32, 2317 Hamar, Norway

Abstract: Since the 1990s, entrepreneurship education has been an area of commitment for a number of European countries, as well as the European Union (EU). One method of measuring whether entrepreneurship education contributes to a culture of creativity and new business creation or not is to study the start-up frequency among previous participants. In this paper, the following two-part question is asked: Are young people who participate in entrepreneurship education more likely to become entrepreneurs and what characterises the entrepreneurs? The empirical data used are based on a survey performed in six countries. The subjects were former participants in the Company Programme (CP) provided by Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe.

Keywords: entrepreneurship education; mini-companies; Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise; JA-YE; small businesses; European Union; EU; Belgium; Norway; Slovakia; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; new business ventures; young people; entrepreneurs; entrepreneurial activity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2010.029507

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2010 Vol.9 No.1, pp.74 - 85

Available online: 30 Nov 2009 *

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