Title: Motivation, competences and the moderating role of business discontinuance on the entrepreneurial effect of self-employment

Authors: Rebecca Namatovu; Samuel Dawa

Addresses: Faculty of Commerce, Makerere University Business School, P.O. Box 1337, Kampala, Uganda ' Faculty of Marketing and Hospitality, Makerere University Business School, P.O. Box 1337, Kampala, Uganda

Abstract: This paper interrogates the dynamic relationship between motivation, competences, business discontinuance and the entrepreneurial effect. Arguing that self-employment has the potential to reduce unemployment in subsequent periods, this study uses mixed models to exhibit the moderating role of business discontinuation on the entrepreneurial effects of self-employment. It depicts this with data from 2013 on 10,003 youth entrepreneurs from nine Sub-Saharan countries. The empirical results confirm the existence of a significant moderating effect on motivation and the entrepreneurial effect. We also find that this effect is higher in younger males with more years of formal education.

Keywords: entrepreneurial effect; motivation; competence; self-employment; business discontinuance; Sub-Saharan Africa; SSA; mixed models; entrepreneurship; unemployment reduction; youth entrepreneurs; younger males; formal education; young people.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2017.081949

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2017 Vol.30 No.3, pp.410 - 426

Received: 14 Oct 2015
Accepted: 09 Nov 2015

Published online: 31 Jan 2017 *

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