The Impact of Risk Attitudes on Entrepreneurial Survival

24 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2008

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Marco Caliendo

University of Potsdam; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Frank M. Fossen

University of Nevada, Reno; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alexander Kritikos

Europa-Universitaet Viadrina - Fakultat fur Wirtschaftswissenschaften; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: June 2008

Abstract

Risk attitudes have an impact on not only the decision to become an entrepreneur but also the survival and failure rates of entrepreneurs. Whereas recent research underpins the theoretical proposition of a positive correlation between risk attitudes and the decision to become an entrepreneur, the effects on survival are not as straightforward. Psychological research posits an inverse U-shaped relationship between risk attitudes and entrepreneurial survival. On the basis of recent waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), we examine the extent to which risk attitudes influence survival rates of entrepreneurs. The empirical results confirm that persons whose risk attitudes are in the medium range survive significantly longer as entrepreneurs than do persons with particularly low or high risks.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, risk attitudes, survival and failure

JEL Classification: D81, J23, M13

Suggested Citation

Caliendo, Marco and Fossen, Frank M. and Kritikos, Alexander S., The Impact of Risk Attitudes on Entrepreneurial Survival (June 2008). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3525, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1142356 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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