Motivation, Competences and the Moderating Role of Business Discontinuance on the Entrepreneurial Effect of Self-Employment

Rebecca Namatovu, Samuel Dawa

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)410-426
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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