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Do Risk Attitudes Differ Within The Group Of Entrepreneurs?

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Executive Summary

The notion of risk and entrepreneurship has been widely discussed in the entrepreneurship literature. Starting a business involves risk and requires a risk-taking attitude. Most studies have compared entrepreneurs with non-entrepreneurs such as managers or bankers. So far, little research exists on the risk attitudes of different types of entrepreneurs. This paper aims to fill this gap. The particular focus is on the entrepreneurs' motivations to start their business. The results show that opportunity entrepreneurs are more willing to take risks than necessity entrepreneurs. In addition, entrepreneurs who are motivated by creativity are more risk-tolerant than other entrepreneurs. The paper contributes to the literature about risk attitudes of entrepreneurs and to the literature about necessity and opportunity entrepreneurship.

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