Student Entrepreneurship: Demographics, Competences and Obstacles

Technical Report - Almalaurea Consortium, February 2016

35 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016

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Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management; Imperial College London

Azzurra Meoli

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Silvia Ghiselli

AlmaLaurea - Inter-University Consortium

Francesco Ferrante

University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (UCLAM) - Department of Economics and Law

Date Written: February 29, 2016

Abstract

In this report, we use a population-based approach to explore the entrepreneurial activities of 61,115 students, alumni of the 64 Italian universities that are members of the AlmaLaurea consortium, in the second half of 2014. Data were collected through a newly developed section of the AlmaLaurea survey, which will be consolidated in future rounds to allow to continue mapping student entrepreneurship in Italy and to provide robust empirical evidence to longitudinal analyses. Our results show that student entrepreneurs represent 2.7% of the sample whereas nascent entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs account for 3.8% and 93.5%, respectively. We profile and compare the three groups across several dimensions, such as demographics, mobility, field of study, sources of stimuli and competences, perceived obstacles, and support for entrepreneurship. The results shed light on the timely and relevant, yet understudied, phenomenon of student entrepreneurship, offering implications for both policy and practice.

Keywords: Students, Entrepreneurship, Italy, Competences, Stimuli, Obstacles

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Fini, Riccardo and Meoli, Azzurra and Sobrero, Maurizio and Ghiselli, Silvia and Ferrante, Francesco, Student Entrepreneurship: Demographics, Competences and Obstacles (February 29, 2016). Technical Report - Almalaurea Consortium, February 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740541

Riccardo Fini (Contact Author)

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HOME PAGE: http://www.unibo.it/faculty/riccardo.fini

Imperial College London ( email )

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Azzurra Meoli

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
40126 Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy
+39 051 2098076 (Phone)

Silvia Ghiselli

AlmaLaurea - Inter-University Consortium ( email )

Viale Masini 36
Bologna, 40126
Italy

Francesco Ferrante

University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (UCLAM) - Department of Economics and Law ( email )

Loc Folcara
Cassino, Frosinone 03043
Italy

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