Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (Print ISSN: 1098-8394; Online ISSN: 1528-2651)

Abstract

The Variable "Age" and Entrepreneurship of People with Disabilities1

Author(s): Carmina Pérez, Manuela Avilés-Hernández

The focus of this article is on the study of people with physical, sensory or organic disabilities who have developed a business or think doing so. The objective is to characterise the business strategy and to estimate its magnitude taking “age” as a socio-demographic variable of reference. Particularly, it is tried to find out if the entrepreneurship is different according to the age group they belong to. Three groups of reference have been established: people younger than 35 years old, people from 35 years old to 50 years old and people older than 50 years old. This research is based on the initial hypothesis that age can be a boundary that hinders people with disability to become entrepreneurs. Being that hypothesis the objective, to which the authors aim at responding, they have preferred a methodology with a quantitative character, which has been developed through interviews to people with disability and residence in Spain. According to the obtained results, the data analysis backs up such hypothesis.