Genetics, the Big Five, and the Tendency to Be Self-Employed

Scott Shane, Nicos Nicolaou, Lynn Cherkas, Tim D. Spector

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Abstract

We applied multivariate genetics techniques to a sample of 3,412 monozygotic and dizygotic twins from the United Kingdom and 1,300 monozygotic and dizygotic twins from the United States to examine whether genetic factors account for part of the covariance between the Big Five personality characteristics and the tendency to be an entrepreneur. We found that common genes influenced the phenotypic correlations between only Extraversion and Openness to Experience and the tendency to be an entrepreneur. Although the phenotypic correlations between the personality characteristics and the tendency to be an entrepreneur were small in size, genetic factors accounted for most of them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1154 - 1162
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume95
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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