Adhd-Like Behavior and Entrepreneurial Intentions
45 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2012
Date Written: October 29, 2013
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
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