Youth entrepreneurship

A developmental systems perspective 1

Authored by: G. John Geldhof , Sara K. Johnson , Michelle B. Weiner , Dustin Hunt , Richard M. Lerner

Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804357
eBook ISBN: 9781315753058
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619895


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Entrepreneurship – both serial business creation and long-term business ownership (e.g., Schumpeter, 1934) – provides young people with a unique opportunity to engage in mutually beneficial relations with their communities. That is, successful entrepreneurship builds local economies while also promoting personal development and fulfillment (Clifton, 2011; Damon & Lerner, 2008; Hisrich, Peters, & Shephard, 2005). Entrepreneurship therefore represents an important conduit for promoting youth thriving.

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