Adhd-Like Behavior and Entrepreneurial Intentions

45 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2012

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I. Verheul

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Jorn H. Block

University of Trier - Faculty of Management; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM)

Katrin Burmeister-Lamp

Rotterdam School of Management

Henning Tiemeier

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research; Tinbergen Institute

Roxana Turturea

Aalto University

Date Written: October 29, 2013

Abstract

Little is known about the relation between validated psychiatric symptoms scores and the entrepreneurial decision. Building on the Person-Environment (P-E) fit literature and using data of over 10,000 students, we test whether individuals with higher levels of attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) have higher entrepreneurial career intentions compared to others. We find that students reporting higher levels of ADHD-like behavior (assessed with a symptom score on an ADHD screening scale) are more likely than their peers to display entrepreneurial intentions and become student entrepreneurs. This can be partly explained by their high need for independence and their risk tolerance.

Keywords: entrepreneurial intentions, risk tolerance, ADHD-like behavior, innovative drive, need for independence

Suggested Citation

Verheul, Ingrid and Block, Jorn Hendrich and Burmeister-Lamp, Katrin and Tiemeier, Henning and Thurik, Roy and Turturea, Roxana, Adhd-Like Behavior and Entrepreneurial Intentions (October 29, 2013). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2012-011-STR. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2149387

Ingrid Verheul (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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Jorn Hendrich Block

University of Trier - Faculty of Management ( email )

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Germany

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
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Netherlands

Katrin Burmeister-Lamp

Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

RSM Erasmus University
Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands
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Henning Tiemeier

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( email )

Postbus 2040
Rotterdam, 3000 CA
Netherlands

Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School

France

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC) ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
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+31 10 408 9146 (Fax)

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

Roxana Turturea

Aalto University

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