International Advances in Economic Research

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 443–453 | Cite as

Does Social Capital Affect Entrepreneurial Intentions?

  • Francisco Liñán
  • Francisco Javier Santos


Nowadays, the scientific community assigns both social context and entrepreneurs’ behavior as a central role in the growth and development of the world economy. However, the relationships between these two factors have not been sufficiently studied in business and economics. Therefore, in this paper, the specific influence of the new socioeconomic factor of social capital on the formation of entrepreneurial intentions will be analyzed. To test the theoretical hypotheses, an empirical study will be carried out using the Partial Least Squares (PLS) technique with data from a sample of young undergraduate students in the last year of their degree. This population has been selected because these individuals, according to different studies, show a higher propensity towards firm creation.


Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial intention Social capital 


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We are most grateful to the participant of the session of entrepreneurship, and especially to the chair Miguel A. Galindo, for their interesting and helpful comments. We also thank W. Chin for his permission to use the PLSGraph software in the empirical analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Economics I, Facultad de Economicas y EmpresarialesUniversity of Seville (Spain)SevilleSpain

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