Comparative Studies in Society and History

The Making of Entrepreneurs

Family Structure, Migration and the Entrepreneur1

Leonard Kasdana1

a1 University of Pittsburgh

The problem of entrepreneurship has been one of the central interests of economic theorists since the industrial revolution. Discussions of the entrepreneur in such theory tended to a large extent to focus upon the basis of entrepreneurship. This argument is typified by Schumpeter's criticism of Marx's handling of the problem of primitive accumulation; Schumpeter argues against the rejection by Marx of superior intelligence and energy as explanatory factors in entrepreneurial success.


1 I wish to acknowledge with thanks the constructive comments of Manning Nash, G. P. Murdock and Sylvia Thrupp. My special thanks are due to Julian Pitt-Rivers who first introduced me to the literature on the Basques.