An empirical assessment of entrepreneurial behaviour: the case of Italy

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General agreement exists on Italy’s strong entrepreneurial tradition. It is also customarily believed that the large majority of entrepreneurial firms are located in the Northern part of the country. Recent years however, have seen an increasing number of small ventures being initiated by younger Italians in the South. Using an original data set collected in Italy during spring 2001, the paper documents the shift taking place in the Italian entrepreneurial landscape. In addition to demographic factors, previous managerial experience and alertness to unexploited opportunities are shown to be among the main reasons for the redistribution of entrepreneurial activity across the country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalGlobal Business and Economics Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Italy
  • aggregate entrepreneurial activity
  • entrepreneurial motivation
  • entrepreneurship
  • small businesses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics


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