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Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Aging
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Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Aging

9781788116206 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mikaela Backman, Assistant Professor Economics, Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University and Professor Emeritus of Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Orsa Kekezi, PhD Candidate, Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 620 6 Extent: 448 pp
Many developed countries are facing a demographic change with an increasing share of older individuals, yet little is known about how older workers will impact regional and national economies in terms of labor market dynamics. This Handbook deals with the important and emerging field of entrepreneurship among this group and focuses on the behavioral perspectives of this phenomenon; on innovation, dynamics and performance; and the ways entrepreneurship among the elderly looks within different countries.

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Many developed countries are facing a demographic change with an increasing share of older individuals, yet little is known about how older workers will impact regional and national economies in terms of labor market dynamics. One possible outcome of this new demographic structure is that more individuals will become entrepreneurs at an older age.

This Handbook contributes to the important and emerging field of entrepreneurship among this group and focuses on the behavioral perspectives of this phenomenon; on innovation, dynamics and performance; and the ways entrepreneurship among the elderly looks within different countries.

Researchers interested in the field of entrepreneurship among older workers and policy makers dealing with the effects of changing demographic settings within countries or regions will turn to this work to gain a better understanding of entrepreneurship and aging.
Critical Acclaim
‘The Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Aging provides the reader with a thorough view of a very topical research area.’
– Monika von Bonsdorff, International Small Business Journal

‘Not only have most researchers not given special attention to older entrepreneurs, they have often intentionally excluded them from their theoretical and empirical analyses. But as the globe grays, understanding how the promises and perils of entrepreneurship change with age becomes ever more important. Backman, Karlsen and Kekezi have assembled a prominent cast of entrepreneurship researchers to set the research agenda and to begin to answer many of the open questions.’
– Olav Sorenson, Yale School of Management, US
Contributors
Contributors: Z. Acs, M. Amaral, M. Backman, A.E. Brouwer, M. Cucculelli, M. Damman, H. Delfmann, M. Dragusin, R. Fonseca, M. Fritsch, M.M. Gielnik, R.M. Grosu, J. Hessels, C. Holmquist, C. Karlsson, O. Kekezi, M. Klinthäll, B. Leick, A. Maritz, C.S. Matos, H. Mayer, M. Mensmann, G. Micucci, S.C. Parker, A. Sorgner, R. Sternberg, E. Sundin, P. van der Zwan, H. van Solinge, D.H.B. Welsh, M. Wyrwich, H. Zacher, T. Zhang


Contents
Contents:

Introduction to the Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and
Aging 1
Mikaela Backman, Charlie Karlsson and Orsa Kekezi

PART I THE INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
1 Entrepreneurship among older workers: international
evidence 23
Raquel Fonseca and Simon C. Parker
2 Senior entrepreneurship: global mapping of supporting
initiatives and programmes 52
Catarina Seco Matos and Miguel Amaral
3 Entrepreneurship and ageing: exploring an economic
geography perspective 88
Heike Mayer and Birgit Leick

PART II INNOVATION, DYNAMICS AND
PERFORMANCE
4 Are senior entrepreneurs less innovative than younger ones? 110
Rolf Sternberg
5 Entrepreneurial dynamics in the third age – a study of
trajectories for start-ups by two cohorts of
entrepreneurs/self-employed aged 55 and 60 143
Carin Holmquist, Elisabeth Sundin and Martin Klinthäll
6 The age effect in entrepreneurship: founder tenure, firm
performance, and the economic environment 169
Marco Cucculelli and Giacinto Micucci
7 Different age effects by entrepreneur types: an investigation
on US boomer entrepreneurs 192
Ting Zhang and Zoltan Acs

PART III THE BEHAVIOURAL PERSPECTIVE
8 Ageing and entrepreneurship: a psychological perspective 228
Hannes Zacher, Mona Mensmann and Michael M. Gielnik
9 Grey entrepreneurship: entrepreneurship later in life and the
pursuit of well-being 246
Aleid E. Brouwer and Heike Delfmann
10 Entrepreneurship and job satisfaction: the role of age 269
Michael Fritsch, Alina Sorgner and Michael Wyrwich
11 Old age self-employment and work-related stress 283
Jolanda Hessels and Peter van der Zwan

PART IV CASE STUDIES
12 Senior self-employment – the case of the Netherlands 300
Marleen Damman and Hanna van Solinge
13 Romania’s ageing population: entrepreneurship opportunities
and challenges 327
Dianne H.B. Welsh, Mariana Dragusin and Raluca Mariana
Grosu
14 Senior entrepreneurship perspectives in Australia 352
Alex Maritz
15 Senior entrepreneurship: a case study for Portugal 370
Miguel Amaral and Catarina Seco Matos

Index 411

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