Why Do Entrepreneurial Parents Have Entrepreneurial Children?

Matthew J. Lindquist, Joeri Sol, Mirjam Van Praag

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    We explore the origins of the intergenerational association in entrepreneurship using Swedish adoption data that allow us to quantify the relative importance of prebirth and postbirth factors. We find that parental entrepreneurship increases the probability of children's entrepreneurship by about 60%. For adoptees, both biological and adoptive parents make significant contributions to this association. These contributions, however, are quite different in size. Postbirth factors account for twice as much as prebirth factors in our decomposition of the intergenerational association in entrepreneurship. We investigate several candidate explanations for this large postbirth factor and present suggestive evidence in favor of role modeling.
    We explore the origins of the intergenerational association in entrepreneurship using Swedish adoption data that allow us to quantify the relative importance of prebirth and postbirth factors. We find that parental entrepreneurship increases the probability of children's entrepreneurship by about 60%. For adoptees, both biological and adoptive parents make significant contributions to this association. These contributions, however, are quite different in size. Postbirth factors account for twice as much as prebirth factors in our decomposition of the intergenerational association in entrepreneurship. We investigate several candidate explanations for this large postbirth factor and present suggestive evidence in favor of role modeling.
    LanguageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Labor Economics
    Volume33
    Issue number2
    Pages269-296
    ISSN0734-306X
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2015

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    Lindquist, Matthew J. ; Sol, Joeri ; Van Praag, Mirjam. / Why Do Entrepreneurial Parents Have Entrepreneurial Children?. In: Journal of Labor Economics. 2015 ; Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 269-296
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    Why Do Entrepreneurial Parents Have Entrepreneurial Children? / Lindquist, Matthew J.; Sol, Joeri; Van Praag, Mirjam.

    In: Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2015, p. 269-296.

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