Emergence of entrepreneurial behaviour: The role of age-based self-image

Kautonen, Teemu and Hatak, Isabella and Kibler, Ewald and Wainwright, Thomas (2015) Emergence of entrepreneurial behaviour: The role of age-based self-image. Journal of Economic Psychology, 50. pp. 41-51. ISSN 0167-4870

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2015.07.004


This study introduces an individual’s perception of their entrepreneurial potential in terms of their age (age-based self-image) to complement chronological age as a predictor of entrepreneurial behaviour. The principal hypothesis is that a positive age-based self-image enhances the likelihood of individuals turning their intention to start a business into actual behaviour. The empirical analysis based on data collected on the general adult population of Finland in 2011 and 2012 (n = 672) supports this hypothesis. The analysis further shows that this positive effect is independent of the individual’s chronological age, and it is thus applicable to both age groups that are under-represented in entrepreneurship: ‘youngsters’ and ‘seniors’. Promoting the development of a positive age-based self-image is a prospective policy option for fostering entrepreneurship among younger and older age groups. More in-depth research, especially concerning the antecedents of positive age-based self-image, is required for the effectiveness of such policy interventions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Age, Self-image, Entrepreneurship, Inclusiveness, Entrepreneurial intentions, Occupational choice
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 15:13
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:14
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703943

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