Entrepreneurship Elsewhere: Examining the Entrepreneurial Characteristics of Eastern Kentucky Adolescents

David Snow, Justin Prater


Entrepreneurship is known as a legitimate academic discipline and significant contributor to economic development.  Eastern Kentucky is known for its high levels of poverty and unemployment.  This research examines the entrepreneurial attitudes of high school seniors and their preferences to remain in or leave Eastern Kentucky.  Findings indicate few students scored in the high level of enterprising tendency and the entrepreneurial characteristics of need for achievement, calculated risk-taking, and creative tendency.  Findings also indicate those with a high level of enterprising tendency are more likely to leave Eastern Kentucky for education and career with no intention of returning.


Entrepreneurship; Education; Poverty; Socio-economic status

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