Entrepreneurial Tendencies Among People with ADHD

International Review of Entrepreneurship 13 (3), 187-204.

22 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2014 Last revised: 22 Mar 2016

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Nebojsa Dimic

University of Vaasa, Department of Accounting and Finance

Vitaly Orlov

University of St. Gallen - School of Finance

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Date Written: April 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper studies the impact of people having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on their predisposition toward entrepreneurship. Our findings suggest that ADHD sufferers have a significantly higher marginal probability of being entrepreneurs, while ADHD does not affect the likelihood of being a wage earner or being unemployed. Moreover, people with ADHD exhibit significantly higher values in the entrepreneurial tendency measures relative to others. By exploring the determinants of entrepreneurial tendencies, we find that ADHD affection has a positive impact on many entrepreneurial characteristics. Furthermore, we find that the significance of the ADHD variable maintains in the presence of entrepreneurship and demographic controls. Overall, these findings highlight the importance of the ADHD community as a rich source of entrepreneurs.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial tendencies, Psychology and Economics, Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: L26, L29

Suggested Citation

Dimic, Nebojsa and Orlov, Vitaly, Entrepreneurial Tendencies Among People with ADHD (April 1, 2014). International Review of Entrepreneurship 13 (3), 187-204.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2405366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2405366

Nebojsa Dimic

University of Vaasa, Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Finland

Vitaly Orlov (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen - School of Finance ( email )

Unterer Graben 21
St.Gallen, CH-9000
Switzerland

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