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Religion, social class and entrepreneurial choice

Religion, social class and entrepreneurial choice
Religion, social class and entrepreneurial choice
While considerable concern has emerged about the links between religion and economic growth, little is actually known about how religion and social class impact the decision making of individuals. Using institutional theory and social dominance theory, this paper examines the influence of religion and social class on individuals' occupational choices. Based on a large-scale database from India, this paper finds that while some religions are relatively conducive to self-employment, some others have a negative impact on self-employment choices. Furthermore, individuals belonging to social classes that are lower in the social hierarchy are less likely to be self-employed. The role of both religion and social class in influencing the likelihood of choosing self-employment suggests an important link between religion, social class, and occupational decision-making
religion, social class, entrepreneurial choice, occupational choice, entrepreneurship
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Audretsch, David B.
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Boente, Werner
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Tamvada, Jagannadha Pawan
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Audretsch, David B.
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Boente, Werner
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Audretsch, David B., Boente, Werner and Tamvada, Jagannadha Pawan (2013) Religion, social class and entrepreneurial choice. Journal of Business Venturing, 28 (6), 774-789. (doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2013.06.002).

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While considerable concern has emerged about the links between religion and economic growth, little is actually known about how religion and social class impact the decision making of individuals. Using institutional theory and social dominance theory, this paper examines the influence of religion and social class on individuals' occupational choices. Based on a large-scale database from India, this paper finds that while some religions are relatively conducive to self-employment, some others have a negative impact on self-employment choices. Furthermore, individuals belonging to social classes that are lower in the social hierarchy are less likely to be self-employed. The role of both religion and social class in influencing the likelihood of choosing self-employment suggests an important link between religion, social class, and occupational decision-making

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 August 2013
Published date: November 2013
Keywords: religion, social class, entrepreneurial choice, occupational choice, entrepreneurship
Organisations: Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Local EPrints ID: 354333
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/354333
ISSN: 0883-9026
PURE UUID: f6f04e5c-c8ab-429f-bceb-2bcb6da2a1cb

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Date deposited: 08 Jul 2013 13:44
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:29

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Author: David B. Audretsch
Author: Werner Boente

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