RISK AVERSION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP: NEW EVIDENCE EXPLOITING EXPOSURE TO MASSIVE EARTHQUAKES IN ITALY
Guido de Blasio (),
Maria De Paola (),
Vincenzo Scoppa () and
Samuele Poy ()
No 201901, Working Papers from Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF
This paper investigates the impact of risk attitudes on the decision to become an entrepreneur. In contrast to previous research, we handle endogeneity issues relying on an instrumental variables strategy considering as a source of exogenous variation in risk aversion the early exposure to a massive earthquake. Using several waves of the Bank of Italy Survey of Household Income and Wealth (SHIW), we find that individuals experimenting an earthquake become significantly more risk averse. Second-stage estimates show that risk aversion has a significant negative impact on the probability of becoming an entrepreneur.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Risk Attitudes; Natural Disasters; Instrumental Variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 D91 L26 C36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Risk Aversion and Entrepreneurship: New Evidence Exploiting Exposure to Massive Earthquakes in Italy (2018)
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