Necessity Entrepreneurs

Necessity Entrepreneurs

Microenterprise Education and Economic Development

Edited by Jeremi Brewer and Stephen W. Gibson

Necessity entrepreneurs, in developing countries, are individuals who start small enterprises out of necessity. While they range from street sellers to educated hopefuls with little access to formal employment, the one thing that unites them is the need to survive. This volume is the first-known compilation of theories contributed by international scholars who have worked together to establish a theory-based discourse on necessity entrepreneurship, micro-enterprise education, and long-term economic development.


Jeremi Brewer

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, family business, development studies, social entrepreneurship


In the foreword of this book, Larry Harrison clearly and appropriately explained that this work is not to be considered prescriptive - I have no intention of telling students, scholars, policy makers, development experts, and/or NGO practitioners what they must think or do. Rather, my fundamental objective in dedicating the past 18 months to bring this work to fruition has been to provide a solid foundation to the budding, and often misunderstood, interdisciplinary field of Necessity Entrepreneurship.

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