Age, labour market situation and the choice of risky innovative entrepreneurship

We examine the effect of age and the moderating effect of labour market situations on individuals’ decisions to enter into risky innovative entrepreneurship. Using population-level data from 94 countries from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor database we find that although age is negatively related to the choice of innovative entrepreneurship, the age–innovative entrepreneurship choice relationship is moderated by the labour market status of the individual. More specifically, full-time employed older individuals, who are most likely to become successful entrepreneurs, are also less likely to choose innovative entrepreneurship. In aging societies this points to the importance of facilitating employed older individuals’ entries into entrepreneurship.

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