THE CHANGING PATTERN OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
IN A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING NATION: Thailand 1979-1988


Stephen J. Appold
Carnegie Mellon University (then)
John D. Kasarda
University of North Carolina

Entrepreneurship, measured by the proportion of the Thai labor force that a) generates its own employment and b) generates employment for others, is 1) compared to macroeconomic trends and 2) related to individual characteristics.

Two methods are utilized.  First, the aggregate proportion of self-employed and of employers are traced from 1979 through 1988 and compared to net exports, net foreign direct investment and GNP per capita.  Second, the odds of individuals being self-employed and of being an employer are investigated in terms of shifting demographic distributions, an evolving division of labor, a changing educational system and an urbanizing populace utilizing labor force surveys conducted by Thailand's National Statistical Office in 1983 and 1988.  Preliminary results are presented.
 

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 13:245-257 (1993)
 

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