IS THE RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION A DETERMINANT OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL INTENTIONS? A STUDY ON THE ROMANIAN STUDENTS

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By: CRISTIAN C. POPESCU, ANDREI MAXIM, LAURA DIACONU (MAXIM)
JEL: Z12, L26
Keywords: Religious orientation, Entrepreneurial intentions, Romanian students, Individuals’ behaviors

The specialized literature offers relevant support for the idea that the entrepreneurship and the private initiative represent the foundation of the economic growth. Despite this evidence, there are a lot of debates regarding the influence of the different religious orientations on the intention to become an entrepreneur. The purpose of the present paper is to analyze the impact that religion has on the entrepreneurial intentions of the Romanian students. To achieve this objective, the research methods consisted in an extensive investigation of the specialized literature and in empirical research, conducted on a sample of 682 Romanian students. Our results underline that the young Orthodox individuals are more optimistic regarding their future ability to develop businesses than the Roman-Catholics. Yet, this optimism has not been proven by the assessment of their personality traits, which may be very important for the business success.