University Students’ Attitudes Towards Entrepreneurship: A Two Countries Comparison

  • José Ma Veciana
  • Marinés Aponte
  • David Urbano


There is general agreement that attitudes towards the entrepreneur, entrepreneurial activity, and its social function are determinant factors for university students to decide an entrepreneurial career.

This empirical study aims at assessing and comparing the attitudes of university students towards entrepreneurship and enterprise formation in Catalonia and Puerto Rico, using a sample of 837 and 435 students, respectively.

Results reveal a positive entrepreneur’s image. Both samples have a favorable perception of desirability of new venture creation, although the perception of feasibility is by far not so positive and only a small percentage has the firm intention to create a new company.


university students attitudes entrepreneurship Catalonia Puerto Rico institutional theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Ma Veciana
    • 1
  • Marinés Aponte
    • 2
  • David Urbano
    • 3
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Econó micas y EmpresarialesUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterra (Barcelona)
  2. 2.Recinto de Río Piedras, Facultad de Administración de EmpresasUniversidad de Puerto RicoSan JuanPuerto Rico
  3. 3.Facultad de Ciencias Econó micas y EmpresarialesUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterra (Barcelona)

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