New Study Examines Correlation Between Entrepreneurial Personality Type and Rates of Regional Entrepreneurial Activity

The Rainforest gets mentioned in an interesting University of New Mexico article:


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – JUNE 18, 2013 With entrepreneurship an increasingly important topic of study in the social sciences, a recent study investigating the entrepreneurial personality, found that people with this entrepreneurial-prone profile are regionally clustered (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, “The Regional Distribution and Correlates of an Entrepreneurship-Prone Personality Profile in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom: A Socioecological Perspective,” Martin Obschonka, Eva Schmitt-Rodermund, Rainer K. Silbereisen, Samuel D. Gosling, and Jeff Potter, April 13, 2013).

The researchers also found a correlation between the personality profile and regional differences in entrepreneurial activity. The study analyzed personality data collected from more than 600,000 U. S. residents and public archival data on state-by-state entrepreneurial activity, such as new company creation and self-employment rates, which revealed a correlation between the two that matches geographical distribution patterns of entrepreneurial activity across the U. S. The correlations were replicated in independent German and British samples. According to the study, New Mexico ranks 8th in the country for its entrepreneurial personality profile.

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