Covid or not Covid? Psychological Distress and Entrepreneurial Intentions among Canadian Workers during the Pandemic

Simon Coulombe, Marcus Dejardin, Sylvain Luc

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Abstract

Triggering events can be associated with entrepreneurial intentions. Using data from a survey on the mental health of Canadian workers carried out in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we specifically test the association between entrepreneurial intentions and psychological distress, along with other individual demographic and personal-level measurements such as risk-aversion, and financial concern. Our results substantiate a positive relationship between entrepreneurial intention and individual psychological distress, as well as financial deterioration measured at the household level. Taken as a whole, our contribution helps to feed a discussion on the links between mental health and entrepreneurship as part of a process of personal resilience and, more generally, on well-being as a motivational factor in the entrepreneurial process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Review of Entrepreneurship
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Well-being
  • Psychological distress
  • Entrepreneurial intention
  • COVID-19

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