Small Business Economics

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 729–746 | Cite as

University choice and entrepreneurship

  • Zara Daghbashyan
  • Björn Hårsman


This paper aims at shedding light upon the impact of universities on graduates’ entrepreneurial choice. Previous studies analyze the relationship between the choice of university and labor market success of graduates in terms of their subsequent wages, employability or over-education, whereas the possible link between the choice of university and entrepreneurial choice is neglected. Using 1998–2008 data on graduates from Swedish higher education institutions, the paper finds significant variation in the impact of universities on the career choice of graduates. The results suggest that graduates with degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences, medicine and teacher education from more prestigious universities systematically differ from others in their entrepreneurial choice. At the same time, no statistically significant difference is found for technical science graduates.


Universities Education Entrepreneurship Graduates 

JEL Classifications

L26 M53 M54 



We would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for providing valuable comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Department of Industrial Economics and ManagementThe Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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