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Unraveling two myths about entrepreneurs

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  • Hessels, Jolanda
  • Rietveld, Cornelius A.
  • van der Zwan, Peter

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The supposed creativity of left-handed and dyslexic individuals may fit well with an entrepreneurial occupation. Empirical evidence from two representative Dutch samples, however, shows that left-handed and dyslexic individuals are not more likely to be(come) entrepreneurs than right-handed and non-dyslexic individuals.

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  • Hessels, Jolanda & Rietveld, Cornelius A. & van der Zwan, Peter, 2014. "Unraveling two myths about entrepreneurs," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 122(3), pages 435-438.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:122:y:2014:i:3:p:435-438
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.01.005
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    1. Cornelius A. Rietveld & Petri Böckerman & Jutta Viinikainen & Alex Bryson & Olli Raitakari & Jaakko Pehkonen, 2016. "Creatine and entrepreneurship," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 18(1), pages 53-64, April.

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    Keywords

    Entrepreneurship; Self-employment; Dyslexia; Left-handedness; Laterality;

    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • M1 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration
    • M2 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics

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