Are Individuals with Entrepreneurial Characteristics More Likely to Engage in Destruction? An Experimental Investigation Among Potential 21st Century Entrepreneurs in Tunisia

17 Pages Posted: 5 May 2020

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Sana El Harbi

University of Sousse

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA

Angela Sutan

Université de Bourgogne - Burgundy School of Business

Zeyneb Ben Ticha

University of Sousse

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

We test experimentally whether individuals high in some entrepreneurial characteristics are more likely to engage in destructive behavior than other individuals. In the joy‐of‐destruction game, participants can either preserve or costly burn the endowment of each other. In some treatments they can hide from other participants whether they are responsible for destruction. We found that participants high in some entrepreneurial characteristics are significantly more likely to adopt destructive behaviours.

Keywords: destruction, entrepreneurs, joy‐of‐destruction game

JEL Classification: L26, L29, C91

Suggested Citation

El Harbi, Sana and Grolleau, Gilles and Sutan, Angela and Ben Ticha, Zeyneb, Are Individuals with Entrepreneurial Characteristics More Likely to Engage in Destruction? An Experimental Investigation Among Potential 21st Century Entrepreneurs in Tunisia (January 2020). Bulletin of Economic Research, Vol. 72, Issue 1, pp. 33-49, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3591305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/boer.12204

Sana El Harbi (Contact Author)

University of Sousse

rue Abdelaziz el Behi
Sousse, 4000
Tunisia

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA ( email )

France

Angela Sutan

Université de Bourgogne - Burgundy School of Business ( email )

29 rue Sambin
Dijon, 21006
France

Zeyneb Ben Ticha

University of Sousse

rue Abdelaziz el Behi
Sousse, 4000
Tunisia

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