Thursday, April 17, 2014

Is Entrepreneurial Success in Your Genes?

A recent article from The Scientist Magazine explored that question by highlighting the work of several business scholars who employed twin studies as a research methodology.  The results, though less than definitive, seem to suggest that the answer is partially "yes".  From the article:
Looking at eight measures related to entrepreneurship, such as the number of years self-employed and the number of businesses owned, Shane calculated that entrepreneurship was between 30 and 55 percent heritable (Management Science, 54:167-79, 2008). “That’s not trivial,” he says.
[ht:realclearscience.com]