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Assessing the role of entrepreneurship in cushioning the impact of youth unemployment amidst Covid-19 situation: A case study of Delta State, Nigeria

Agbroko, Ejiro Wilson (2021) Assessing the role of entrepreneurship in cushioning the impact of youth unemployment amidst Covid-19 situation: A case study of Delta State, Nigeria. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Purpose: This study explores the role that entrepreneurship played in cushioning the effect/impact of unemployment amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, using Delta state as a case study. The study was borne out of the author’s personal quest for answers as the pandemic led to loss of jobs for many employed youths in the region, and the study sought to empirically determine whether entrepreneurial venture played a part in reducing the impact of job losses on the youth populace in Delta state, Nigeria.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The study adopted an inductive, qualitative approach, using semi-structured interview questioned, and the data was collected from ten (10) active entrepreneurs in Delta State, Nigeria. The data was analysed using NVivo 12 CADQAS software and the data presented via tables and network aps.

Findings: The study found that entrepreneurship had a net positive effect on youth employment in Delta state, Nigeria, amidst the pandemic and led to the creation of new jobs/roles. The second main finding was the government policy implementation was suboptimal for SMEs, and mainly benefitted large firms only. The last major finding was that the potential for entrepreneurship to create jobs was immense, as the youth populace in the state were highly educated and ready to work.

Originality/value: The thesis was written from primary data gathered via face-to-face interviews with respondents in Delta state, Nigeria.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Youth unemployment; SWOT Analysis; Business Creation
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > Entrepreneurship
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Unemployment
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 15:44
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 18:51
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5393

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