Are Third Age Entrepreneurs Innovative? Evidence From GEM Data

Ana Colovic

Neoma Business School

Olivier Lamotte

Paris School of Business

September 17, 2013

This article examines the innovativeness of third age entrepreneurs compared to other categories of entrepreneurs. The empirical study was conducted on a database of 69054 entrepreneurs in 64 countries over the period 2001-2008, drawn from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey. The results show that older entrepreneurs are less innovative than younger entrepreneurs, both in terms of product innovation and process innovation.

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Keywords: third age entrepreneurship, older entrepreneurs, innovation, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

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Date posted: September 19, 2013 ; Last revised: October 17, 2013

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Colovic, Ana and Lamotte, Olivier, Are Third Age Entrepreneurs Innovative? Evidence From GEM Data (September 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2327021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2327021

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Ana Colovic
Neoma Business School ( email )
1 Rue du Maréchal Juin
Mont Saint Aignan Cedex, 76825
Olivier Lamotte (Contact Author)
Paris School of Business
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