IQ and Entrepreneurship: International Evidence
36 Pages Posted: 14 May 2012
Date Written: May 14, 2012
National measures of cognitive skill, including IQ tests, have received attention recently as a possible driver of cross-country productivity differences. In a parallel literature, national measures of entrepreneurial activity and pro-entrepreneurship policies have received similar attention. This paper is the first to demonstrate that higher national average IQ reliably predicts higher ratings for the Acs-Szerb Global Entrepreneurship Development Index (GEDI). Results hold after controlling for GDP, education levels, inequality, broad economic freedom indices, and other factors. Microfounded explanations for these results are considered.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, human capital, intelligence, IQ
JEL Classification: L26, E24, J24
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