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ADHD-like behavior and entrepreneurial intentions

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  • Verheul, I.
  • Block, J.H.
  • Burmeister-Lamp, K.
  • Thurik, A.R.
  • Tiemeier, H.W.
  • Turturea, R.

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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.

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Paper provided by Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam in its series ERIM Report Series Research in Management with number ERS-2012-011-STR.

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

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