Reference : Socialist Heritage and Image of Entrepreneurs in Europe: Micro-Level Evidence
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Business & economic sciences : Strategy & innovation
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Socialist Heritage and Image of Entrepreneurs in Europe: Micro-Level Evidence
Adam-Müller, Axel []
Andres, René []
Block, Jörn []
Fisch, Christian mailto []
Business Administration Review
[en] Attitude towards entrepreneurs ; multi-level regression ; opinion on entrepreneurs ; socialist heritage
[en] What factors shape an individual’s opinion on entrepreneurs? How do these factors differ across countries? This paper analyzes the relationship between socialist history and individuals’ opinions on entrepreneurs. Using a large-scale micro-level dataset from 30 European countries, we find that individuals from countries with a socialist history have a more negative opinion on entrepreneurs. This negative effect is less pronounced for individuals that are younger, better educated and have self-employed parents. Our paper makes two contributions to the literature: First, it provides empirical evidence on the determinants of individuals’ opinion on entrepreneurs. Second, it contributes to the understanding of entrepreneurship in former socialist countries.

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