Entrepreneurship and team participation: An experimental study

D.J. Cooper, K.J. Saral

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Abstract

Entrepreneurs are surprisingly unlikely to have partners. One possible explanation for this is that entrepreneurs have distinctive preferences for working alone rather than in teams. However, a number of alternative explanations exist, such as an inability to locate suitable partners or low profitability from having a partner. Utilizing a diverse subject population with a high proportion of active entrepreneurs, we use a team production experiment to directly examine whether entrepreneurs prefer to work alone or in a team. The experiment also measures an important determinant of entrepreneurs' performances within teams, and their relative tendency to free-ride. The data indicate that entrepreneurs, while no more likely to free-ride on their teammates, are substantially more interested in working alone than similar non-entrepreneurs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-140
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Artefactual field experiment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teams

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