Title: Encouragement factors of social entrepreneurial activities in Europe

Authors: Hyrije Abazi-Alili; Veland Ramadani; Vanessa Ratten; Blerta Abazi-Çaushi; Gadaf Rexhepi

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Economics, South-East European University, Ilinden 335, 1200, Tetovo, Macedonia; Affiliate Fellow at CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic ' Faculty of Business and Economics, South-East European University, Ilinden 335, 1200, Tetovo, Macedonia ' La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Plenty Road Bundoora 3086, Melbourne, Australia ' Faculty of Business and Economics, South-East European University, Ilinden 335, 1200, Tetovo, Macedonia ' Faculty of Business and Economics, South-East European University, Ilinden 335, 1200, Tetovo, Macedonia

Abstract: In this paper, we introduce a new approach of investigating social entrepreneurship, i.e. we identify the determinants of undertaking social entrepreneurial activities, by conducting empirical analysis in Europe. Using the global entrepreneurship monitor and adult population survey, we argue that (i) social entrepreneurial activities are affected by sociodemographic characteristics and (ii) innovation and social entrepreneurial activities are positively related. We apply appropriate estimation techniques such as probit model for dichotomous variable. Identifying factors which encourage social entrepreneurial activities, with special emphasis on European economies, might be of crucial importance for European policy makers who design programs related to fostering social entrepreneurship.

Keywords: adult population survey; Europe; global entrepreneurship monitor; social entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2016.084529

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2016 Vol.11 No.4, pp.225 - 239

Available online: 07 Jun 2017 *

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