An Empirical Model of Motivation for Social Entrepreneurship

Sorin Ioan Blaga


This paper responds to calls for more empirical research in social entrepreneurship (SE) and aims to empirically establish the role of intrinsic, extrinsic, and complex motivations, alongside employment status and the existence of start-up capital on motivation for SE. A quantitative methodology is employed, using multiple linear regressions (MLR). Six hypotheses are tested and the results reported show that all variables have a positive effect on SE. For the first time, this study tested the “complex motivation” which has a positive impact on SE up to the level that intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, become non-significant.



intrinsic; extrinsic; common motivation; start-up capital; employment status; social entrepreneurship.

JEL Codes

A14; E02; E03; E61; M14; O31; O52; P52.

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